Selina Hossain appointed Bangla Academy president

Independence Award, Ekushey Padak-winning writer and long-time friend of Monsoonletters Selina Hossain has been appointed as the president of Bangla Academy for a three-year term. The public administration ministry issued a gazette notification to the effect on Thursday. The eminent writer has authored 41 novels, 36 juvenile books, 15 short stories and 13 essays. Selina …

Best fiction of 2021

Dazzling debuts, a word-of-mouth hit, plus this year’s bestsellers from Sally Rooney, Jonathan Franzen, Kazuo Ishiguro and more The most anticipated, discussed and accessorised novel of the year was Sally Rooney’s Beautiful World, Where Are You (Faber), launched on a tide of tote bags and bucket hats. It’s a book about the accommodations of adulthood, …

‘I could do with more readers!’ – Abdulrazak Gurnah on Nobel prize win

His lyrical novels about exile and loss enjoy critical acclaim but modest sales. Now he’s Zanzibar’s second most famous son – and £840,000 richer. The writer talks about racism on British buses, Priti Patel, and why books have to entertain Abdulrazak Gurnah seems preternaturally calm for someone who has suddenly found themselves in the full …

PhD-r Galpo: An impeccable reminiscence of personal life

Phd-r Galpo is a latest autobiography book written by Dr. Md. Nazrul Islam, popularly known as Asif Nazrul. Dr. Nazrul is a famous academician, renowned for his bold critique of Bangladeshi politics. Asif Nazrul wrote more than ten novels and non-fiction books: among them Nishiddha Kayekjan (Forbidden Few), Udhao (Lost), Asamptir Galpa (Tale of Incompletion), Bekar Diner Prem (Love …

Shilpacharya Zainul Abedin at the crossroads of mankind

In 1943, Shilpacharya Zainul Abedin drew a series of sketches on the man-made famine that had spread throughout Bengal, killing hundreds of thousands of people. Done in Chinese ink and brush on cheap packing paper, the series, famously known as Famine Sketches, were haunting images of cruelty and depravity of the merchants of death, and …

Rokeya Sakhawat Hossain — a pioneer of women’s education who strove for a feminist utopia

Where are the men?’ I asked her. ‘In their proper places, where they ought to be… We shut our men indoors.’ Rokeya Sakhawat Hossain’s seminal science fiction short story ‘Sultana’s Dream’ depicted a feminist utopia, and was one of the first fictional works in India to do so. However, it never really received the fame and recognition that …

Shifting the Focus From Sylvia Plath’s Tragic Death to Her Brilliant Life

RED COMETThe Short Life and Blazing Art of Sylvia PlathBy Heather Clark What becomes a legend most? As suggested by the old black-and-white Blackglama fur ads, featuring Lena Horne, Diana Vreeland and Cher, among others, legends are people who have soared beyond fame or celebrity into a more rarefied, inaccessible stratosphere. Today’s media-fixated, Kardashian-dominated world …