Olive Witch: A Memoir

Abeer Y. Hoque Paperback: 256 pages Publisher: Fourth Estate(2016) Language: English  « Excerpts » US: Amazon.com UK:  IN:  PK:  I’m still a little bit in love/with everyone I’ve ever loved.” As someone who acknowledges, somewhat shamefully, that she is not a poetry person, these two lines from Abeer Y. Hoque’s The Lovers And …

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The Bones of Grace

Tahmima Anam Hardcover: 432 pages Publisher: Harper (2016) Language: English « Excerpts » US: Amazon.com UK: Abebooks.co.uk IN: Amazon.in PK: The Bones of Grace marks the end of a loose trilogy that Tahmima Anam began with A Golden Age (2007). That book distinguished her as a young novelist writing resonantly about the ruptures of war. …

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In a Land Far Away from Home: A Bengali in Afghanistan

Syed Mujtaba Ali Hardcover: 262 pages Publisher: Speaking Tiger Books (2015) Language: English  «  Book Excerpt » US: Amazon.com UK:  IN: Amazon.in PK:  In 1927, a tumultuous time for Afghanistan as King Amanullah attempted comprehensive social reforms, an Indian teacher, Syed Mujtaba Ali, came to Kabul. His travelogue, “In A …

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The End of Innocence

Moni Mohsin Hardcover: 368 pages Publisher: Fig Tree (2006) Language: English  US:  UK:  IN:  PK:  When nine-year-old Laila observes that winter trees “are full of sky”, her older, wiser sister corrects her: “They’re not full of sky, they’re naked.” But Laila has an old habit of finding magic in the …

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Scenes from Early Life

Philip Hensher Hardcover: 320 pages Publisher: Faber & Faber (2013) Language: English  «  Book Excerpt » US: Amazon.com UK: Amazon.co.uk IN:  PK:  After partition in 1947, the western half of the province of Bengal was ceded to India, and the east to Pakistan. “Pakistan was to be for the Muslims, and India …

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Nineteen seventy one and other stories: a collection of short stories

 Rashid Askari Hardcover: 98 pagesPublisher: Shamabesh (2011)Language: English  «  Book Excerpt »  US:  UK:  IN: Amazon.in PK:  In past four decades, topics relating to 1952 and 1971 (in Bangladesh) have become so much spent up that people run away from them. Honestly speaking, these two have become the biggest turn-offs of the …

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Ahmede Hussain

Birth—1978Where—Education— Currently—Dhaka Bibliography  A writer and a journalist, Ahmede Hussain is a Bangladeshi author. His ancestors hail from the former Portuguese enclave of Patherghata, Chittagong in Bangladesh. He edited The New Anthem: The Subcontinent in its Own Words, an anthology of fiction from the Indian subcontinent. The book has been greeted …

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The New Anthem: The Subcontinent In Its Own Words

Ahmede Hussain (ed.) Paperback: 338 Publisher: Tranquebar Press (2009) Language: English   US: Amazon UK: Amazon.co.uk IN:  PK: The Indian subcontinent has had its fair share of glory and tragedy. The glory comes through a recapitulation of the circumstances which have historically gone into the making of its composite character. The …

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Noor

Surayya Khan Paperback: 252 pages Publisher: The Publishing Laboratory (2006) Language: English «  Book Excerpt » US: Books A  Million, Amazon.com UK: Abebooks.co.uk IN: Sapna Online PK: Liberty Books Sorayya Khan opens her novel Noor with two epigraphs. The first page has these words from Kashmiri poet Agha Shahid Ali: Your history …

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