Manto and Vonnegut

After reading Saadat Hasan Manto’s Black Margins, I found the satirical nature of his writing similar to that of Kurt Vonnegut’s writing in Slaughterhouse-Five. Both authors seem to jest at the intelligence of the characters depicted and the general sanity of the given scenario. I think this is particularly interesting when you consider the context of these texts. Black Margins is written during India’s independence and the devastating partition of India and Pakistan, while Slaughterhouse-Five is written about World War II experiences. This makes me wonder how large of a role the historical backdrop plays in these texts and if the similar writing styles and devices are a result of the circumstances.

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