Intizar Husain’s speech on receiving French Academy Award

November 2, 2014

Intizar Husain — In September, Intizar Husain was made an Officer of the Order of Arts and Letters of the French Academy, in recognition of his contributions to Urdu Literature. Following is the address he made on the occasion. Translated from the Urdu by Asif Farrukhi. ‘Your Excellency, the Honorable Ambassador of France, ladies and gentleman. How can I express my gratitude for this honour? I am still immersed in a sea of amazement and I wonder if I am going through a dream. The truth of the matter is that I know my worth. I kept asking myself if I am truly worthy of such an honour. But then I thought that I may or may not be worthy of such an honour, but the language and the literary tradition with which I have affiliated myself definitely deserve such ۔۔۔