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'A Golden Age' reveals reality of liberation war

Speakers tell publication ceremony of the Bengali version of the book


The publication ceremony of a book titled 'Sonajhara Din', the Bengali version of a novel 'A Golden Age' by Tahmima Anam, was held at the Goethe Institut in the city yesterday. From left are Asaduzzaman Noor, Lisa Gazi, author Tahmima, Shaheen Anam, Selina Hossain and Nasiruddin Yousuff.Photo: STAR

The publication ceremony of a book titled 'Sonajhara Din', the Bengali version of a novel 'A Golden Age' by Tahmima Anam, was held at the Goethe Institut in the city yesterday.
The novel in English, set during the War of Liberation, has revealed the reality of the war to the people across the world, speakers at the ceremony said.
Highly appreciating the book, eminent litterateur Selina Hossain said, "It was my dream that any writers would project the history of the country onto the world stage through his/her works."
Mofidul Haque, publisher of the Bengali edition of the book, said the novel is being translated into 16 languages across the world and some of them have already been published.
The novel has made a deep impression in the minds of readers and it has earned worldwide acclaim, he added.
Speaking on the occasion, author Tahmima said, "I never imagined that the novel, which I wrote three years ago, would reach around the world. I am very glad today."
She also hoped that the book would help the new generation know the history of the War of Liberation and they would build a society being imbued with the spirit of the Liberation War.
Lisa Gazi, who translated the novel into Bengali, said, "The post-1971 situation is very complicated to those who did not see the Liberation War and we have been brought up learning the wrong history."
She also said that the history of the Liberation War has been changed with the change of governments and that is why majority of the young generation do not want to know its history.
The book 'Sonajhara Din' was edited by Mofidul Haque, Shibabrato Barman and Mashiul Alam. Shahitya Prakash published the Bengali edition.
Cultural personalities Nasiruddin Yousuff and Asaduzzaman Noor also spoke. Actress and social activist Sara Zaker, litterateur Syed Shamsul Haq and Tahmima's father Mahfuz Anam, editor and publisher of The Daily Star, and mother Shaheen Anam were also present at the ceremony.

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