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Saadat Hasan Manto
A member of the Progressive Writers' Movement which swept through Urdu literature from 1935 to 1960, Manto (1912-55) was a very controversial figure. Manto dealt in an artistic way many unconventional subjects, like sex, which were considered taboo by the Middle-class. A recurrent theme of these works is the exploitation of women by supposedly respectable men, focussing on the decrepit lives of prostitutes. His Thanda Ghost, which dealt the subject of necrophilia, shocked the readers. Manto's other praise-worthy stories include Khol Do and Toba Tek Singh.