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A trendsetter in Urdu fiction, Qurratulain Hyder (1927-2007) tried to bring in fantasy, romance and realism in Urdu novel. She has so far written some 12 novels and four collections of short stories. Her novel Aag ka Darya is a work of outstanding merit. She received the Jnanpith Award on her later novel, Aakhir-e-Shab ke Hamsafar.