The stories in this anthology have been selected from four decades of Rizia Rahman’s literary career, from the seventies to the present. The stories have been arranged fairly chronologically to suggest the development of the writer over the years. The stories cover a wide range of themes-- from the rural to the urban, from historical events to contemporary situations, from feminist to humanist issues, from familiar to social concerns, and from demographic to ecological changes. The stories focus on the disparities and conflicts in both private and public arenas, on the socio-economic injustices that destroy human values and intrinsic rights, and on the personal weaknesses that distort human relationships. Most of the stories are rooted in Bangladesh; some stories however bear references to international personalities and events that reveal a global consciousness. The stories not only introduce readers to a major Bangladeshi writer but also make rewarding reading for anyone interested in serious literature.
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.
Shirin Hasanat Islam taught English at the universities of Dhaka, Jahangirnagar and Chittagong. Her M.A. (Wales) dissertation, J.D. Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye: A Test Case for Stylistics was published under the aegis of Jahangirnagar University in 1986. Ms. Islam who retired recently, works as freelance editor.
Rizia Rahman received the Bangla Academy Award, the top literary award in Bangladesh, in 1978. She has also won the Bangladesh Lekhika Shangha Gold Medal and the Ananya Literature Prize. She has been writing in various genres since the late sixties: novels, short stories, essays, literary criticism, belles-lettres, and juvenile fiction. Beginning with straightforward narratives, she has moved on to magic realism and multilayered structures. A committed writer, she explores important human issues in a sympathetic and engaging manner.
Among her novels are Ghar-Bhanga-Ghar, Uttar Purush, Rakter Akshar, Bong Theke Bangla, Aranyer Kachhe, Ekti Phuler Janya, Shilay Shilay Agun, Harun Phereni, and He Manab Manabi. Rizia Rahman’s short stories have been published in several volumes, including Agniswakshara, Dure Kothao, and Nirbachita