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 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.

September 30, 2021
September 30, 2021

The need to be fierce: In "Sweetness", Toni Morrison allows a mother to explain her actions

Anyone familiar with Toni Morrison’s work would know about the gutting picture of slavery and racism that she painted with her stories.

September 23, 2021
September 23, 2021

Shelley Parker-Chan’s 'She Who Became The Sun': A song of identity and fate

Identity is mercurial: it shifts and morphs into a new being at the change of a breeze. That change is glacial, and often happens on its own volition; but one can also grasp a new identity, hold it...

September 19, 2021
September 19, 2021

Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari’s ‘Mapping Love’: A roller coaster ride of love, loss, and longing

Oorja, as her name suggests, is a bright young girl who is the main protagonist of the story. The novel begins with her travelling back to India after her mother’s demise. She reaches home only to...

September 16, 2021
September 16, 2021

A much-needed Bangla text on the history of Sufism

Sufibad O Sufider Shorup Shondhaney (‘In search of the nature of Sufism and Sufis’), written by Syed Rezaul Karim and published in 2020 by Bangla Academy, is a welcome addition to the meager...

September 1, 2021
September 1, 2021

BOOKCENTRIC READING CHALLENGE: Readers review nautical books

From August 2021, Daily Star Books was excited to have joined Bookcentric’s monthly reading challenge, which invites readers to read and review books following each month’s designated theme. Under...

August 31, 2021
August 31, 2021

In ‘Toward Happy Civilization’, a portrait of desperation

Typical of any Samanta Schweblin story from her International Booker-longlisted collection, Mouthful of Birds (OneWorld, 2019), a sense of anxiety is strongly perceptible here, especially through...

August 26, 2021
August 26, 2021

Taran Khan maps Kabul through memory in 'Shadow City'

In Shadow City: A Woman Walks Kabul (Vintage Books, 2019), Khan delineates a personal map of Kabul, taking the reader through the “shadow city” that can be found in its still-standing monuments,...

August 26, 2021
August 26, 2021

Around the world with Tilmund and the travel bug

Samai Haider’s Tilmund’s Travel Tales (Guba Books, 2020) is a story about a little boy named Tilmund who has a great wish to follow in his grandfather’s footsteps and travel the world.