• Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Literature

TEN BOOKS BY WOMEN that everyone should read

Published Date: July 19, 2014
TEN BOOKS BY WOMEN that everyone should read

There are many perplexing moments in teaching creative writing, but perhaps none more depressing than the admission from some of the male students that they haven't read many—or in some cases any—books by women. This also goes, I might add, for some of the female students. I often ask them to tell me...

Published Date: July 19, 2014
William Gibson, Master of Cool

William Gibson coined the word 'Cyberspace'. His first hit novel, Neuromancer, pretty much invented the genre of cyberpunk. What else is there to say? How many authors have had the balls to invent a genre? The reality of science fiction is that too often, there are grand and sweeping concepts, breath-taking technical innovation, yet the writing itself is perfunctory. This dearth of stylistic quality is perhaps the result of a kind of shorthand which exists between the readers and authors,...

Published Date: July 19, 2014
Bangladeshi Women Writers

During the early half of the twentieth century, fiction writing by Muslim women in English remained somewhat of a rarity. Interestingly, among the very few exceptions the pioneer was a Bengali woman, Rokeya Sakhawat Hossain, who wrote her first story in English Sultana's Dream. After Independence, the first generation of Bangladeshi women writers in English includes some poets. Razia Khan's poetry books Argus Under Anaesthesia and Cruel April bear the stamp of her supremacy in this genre. Another distinguished poet...

Published Date: July 19, 2014
ABUL HOSSAIN (1922-2014)

ABUL HOSSAIN (1922-2014)

We mourn the loss of eminent poet Abul Hossain who died on 29th June in Dhaka.  The poet has been honoured with many awards, including Ekushey Padak, Bangla Academy Award, Padabali Award, Nasiruddin Gold Medal, Mazharul Islam Kobita Puroshkar and more. He helped initiate modern trends in Bengali Literature in the forties and remains an inspiration to many in the contemporary era. Duswapna Theke Duswapne (1985), Haoa Tomar Kee Dussahos (1982), Ekhono Somoy Ache (1997), Aar Kisher Opekkha (2000) are among his most notable literary works. We remember him today in his own words from the poem On the Death of A Poet-Playwright (Translated by Kabir Chowdhury, Padma Meghna...