Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie
Rushdie’s brilliance is evident in his story that very creatively shows the transition of colonial India to independent India with the misery that partition came to exemplify. This novel belonging to the genre of magical realism will completely transport you to an unheard of world, with under currents of partition violence and the agony of the homes partitioned for hoggish political reasons.
Pinjar by Amrita pritam
A heart rending story of the abduction of Puro, the protagonist and her subsequent woes of not being accepted back by her parents. It revolves around the central theme of how partition violence reduced human life to nothingness. Pinjar displays strong under currents of partition brutality and the woman question.
Tamas by Bhisham Sahni
Tamas, the literal meaning of which is darkness was originally written in Hindi. This darkness forms the crux of this novel. Set in a period right before the Independence, the novel focuses on the nature of communal hatred that partition perpetrated on both sides of the border. Inhumanity and a constant murderous instinct towards people of the opposite side as a result of the tension that partition evoked, leaves one horrified for long while the impetuously lucid narrative compels the reader to read it in one go.
Toba Tek Singh by Saadat Hasan Manto
A ghastly vivid description of the madness that partition was, Manto in his short story explores political, social and communal facets of partition, leaving the readers cringing inside for the chaos and pain inflicting event that partition turned out to be. Toba Tek singh, the protagonist of the story, embodies the emotions of confusion, sorrow, pain, delirium and betrayal , all of which defined the condition of the two nations during partition. A moving tale, depicting a strong sense of betrayal on the part of the British government, it gives a exemplary account of partition horror.
Train to Pakistan by Khushwant Singh
Set in the fictional village of Mano Majra on the border of India and Pakistan, Train to Pakistan is a novel that talks more about the human dimension of partition and the subsequent riots. Singh focuses his attention on the village that the novel is set in, giving the violence that partition is almost always associated with, to describe it from a local perspective. The novel elucidates the condition of the panic stricken village Mano Majra, making the reader feel a gust of dismay.
The Shadow Lines by Amitav Ghosh
A Sahitya Akademi Award winning novel, The Shadow Lines is an intriguing novel set against the background of Partition of India, the Swadeshi Movement, the Second World War and Communal Riots of 1963-64 in Dhaka and Calcutta. The novel very subtly highlights the angst of the characters who had earlier belonged to Dhaka, but became foreigners to their own land after the partition of Bengal into East Bengal and West Bengal. The novel sublimely construes the emotional struggle of those who fell victim to partition and the socio-political condition of that period.