This is a collection of Bengali short stories and poems by some renowned as well as fledgling and experimental writers. The reader will find an accurate and modern translation of their works which have maintained their startling originality of theme and language. The themes of the stories and poems are wide ranging. They deal with rural life, mother-daughter relationships, love, marriage and struggle in the face of overwhelming odds. The selections include sensitive writings that will lead the reader into a world shaped by tradition and patriarchy and should illuminate the conditions in which women write and a sense of the themes and literary modes they draw on or make use of.
Firdous Azim is a Professor at the Department of English, University of Dhaka. Her main interests are in feminist and colonial literary criticism. She is the author of The Colonial Rise of the Novel. She is co-editor of Other Englishes: Essays on Commonwealth Writing; Infinite Variety: Women in Society and Literature and Different Perspectives.
Niaz Zaman has edited several anthologies, including Selected Stories from Bangladesh, 1971 and After, The Escape and Other Stories. Her study of the Partition, A Divided Legacy: The Partition in Selected Novels of India, Pakistan and Bangladesh, won the Atwar Hussain Award of the Asiatic Society of Bangladesh and the National Archives Award. She was consulting editor, Arts and Humanities for Banglapedia and editor of the Bangladesh Journal of American Studies.