Blame is about Laila and to some extent about Gita, from the ages of 13 in 1965 to 19 in 1971, when they are disowned by their families for having been raped during the liberation war. The place is East Pakistan ‒ now known as Bangladesh. Apart from following Laila and Gita, the book also depicts the tensions between Muslims and Hindus, Pakistan and India, Urdu and Bengali, and males and females; it crosses cultures and speaks of friendship, betrayal, sacrifice, love and shame.
A graduate of Gothenburg University, Sweden, Dilruba Z. Ara is the author of the internationally acclaimed novel A List of Offences. Ara’s stories ‒ published in many international anthologies ‒ are studied at universities across the world. She has translated Selected Stories of Shahed Ali into English and some of Sweden’s Pippi Longstocking stories into Bengali. She lives in Lund, Sweden.