Author: Shahidul Zahir
Number Of Pages: 204
Package Dimensions: 7.8 x 5.2 x 0.7 inches
Release Date: 21-01-2022
Details: Product Description Haunting and apocalyptic ... a literature of the future - SIDDHARTHA DEB Born in 1953 in Old Dhaka, Shahidul Zahir died young and published only six works in his lifetime -- but these are some of the most unique and powerful works of fiction to have come out of the subcontinent. With his own particular blend of surrealism, folklore, oral storytelling traditions, magic realism, a searing understanding of social and political reality, and rare clarity of vision, he forged a truly extraordinary voice. Life and Political Reality is the work that established his reputation and granted him cult status in Bangladesh. It examines the 1971 war and its aftermath -- a treatise on liberation, and the destruction of the idealism and spirit of post-war Bangladesh, told in a single corrosive, stream-of-consciousness paragraph. Abu Ibrahim's Death is a quieter companion novella, and one that is equally concerned with idealism and compromise, as it studies with deep empathy and nuance the fall of its titular protagonist. About the Author Shahidul Zahir (1953–2008) completed his post-graduation at the University of Dhaka and the American University, Washington D.C., and joined the civil services in Bangladesh. He is best known for his novella, Jibon O Rajnoitik Bastobota (1987). Shahidul Zahir's oeuvre includes the short story collections Parapar (1985), Dumurkheko Manush O Onyanno Golpo (2000), and Dolu Nodir Haowa O Onyanno Golpo (2004), the novels Shey Raate Purnima Chhilo (1995) and Mukher Dike Dekhi (2006), and the novella Abu Ibrahimer Mrityu (2009). V. Ramaswamy has translated Subimal Misra's The Golden Gandhi Statue from America: Early Stories, Wild Animals Prohibited: Stories, Anti-Stories, and This Could Have Become Ramayan Chamar's Tale: Two Anti-Novels. His translation of The Runaway Boy by Manoranjan Byapari was published in 2020. Shahroza Nahrin is currently pursuing a graduate degree at McGill University, Canada. Her translations include works by Shahidul Zahir and Anwara Syed Haq.