December 15, 2021
December 15, 2021

Lucy Foley’s ‘The Guest List’: Murder and intrigue at a secret celebrity wedding

The Guest List is a classic who-dun-it murder mystery, reminiscent of Dame Agatha Christie’s stories. Lucy Foley’s second novel takes us to a lavish celebrity wedding on a remote island off-coast of Ireland.

December 4, 2021
December 4, 2021

A TERRESTRIAL OMNIBUS: When the Mango Tree Blossomed

When the Mango Tree Blossomed is a voluminous compilation of, as the book’s subtitle proclaims, fifty short stories from Bangladesh, edited by Niaz Zaman.

November 20, 2021
November 20, 2021

On a Long-Awaited Critical Anthology of Bangladeshi Literature in English

For anyone with academic or amateurish interest in Bangladeshi writings in English this must be a long-awaited book. The publication of Mohammad A Quayum and Md. Mahmudul Hasan–edited Bangladeshi Literature in English: A Critical Anthology (July 2021), possibly the first-ever of its kind, thus came as a welcome piece of news, and I congratulate the Asiatic Society of Bangladesh on publishing it in the midst of the ongoing pandemic, this three-hundred-page useful collection with befitting hardcover and flawless compose.

November 20, 2021
November 20, 2021

Pandemic Musings Anthropocene: climate change, contagion, consolation

Sudeep Sen’s Anthropocene is the third work on the subject by an Indian writer that I have come across in recent years, but it is truly sui generis.

November 18, 2021
November 18, 2021

Brandon Taylor’s ‘Real Life’—It’s seldom fair.

Brandon Taylor’s Real Life (Riverhead Books, 2020) begins with the protagonist, Wallace, contemplating his father’s death and feeling lonely amongst his friends because they do not understand the experiences he has had. The novel’s exploration of “real life” over the course of a weekend is also one that unpacks identity, race, sexuality, and the sheer boredom and frustration of postgraduate life. 

November 3, 2021
November 3, 2021

Revisiting 'The Bell Jar': a feminist masterpiece that reverberates through time

Vivid imagery and symbolism of deep human emotion are found throughout Plath’s novel, as the readers are allowed a look into the mind of a 19-year-old girl who is trapped in the kind of society where women are perceived only as objects of desire and vessels for procreation. 

October 28, 2021
October 28, 2021

In "Taxi Wallah", Numair Atif Chowdhury takes us, once more, through the cartography of a homeland

The version of Bangladesh we received in Babu Bangladesh (2019) was astonishing.

October 28, 2021
October 28, 2021

Matthew Salesses demystifies the craft of writing

Storytelling is a space in which, as writers and readers, we experience the ways of how we know the world and interact with it.

October 28, 2021
October 28, 2021

Tanveer Anoy explores gender roles and identities in his second novel, ‘Duradhay’

Tanveer Anoy’s second novel, Duradhay (Anandam, 2021), felt like a punch to my stomach; a wake up call, to be more precise.

October 14, 2021
October 14, 2021

Abdulrazak Gurnahs 'Afterlives': The repercussions of colonialism, unveiled

Abdulrazak Gurnah, this year’s Nobel laureate in literature, seems to come as an admirable choice compared to the Nobel Prize’s controversial recent history.