Bengali Literature

November 23, 2022
November 23, 2022

On poet Sufia Kamal: A revolutionary journey

She came out from the cocoon of the accepted designated roles of women and marched forward to live an extraordinary life. 

November 21, 2022
November 21, 2022

Children’s author Ali Imam no more

Ali Imam, the author of more than 600 books, breathed his last on Monday evening in the Bangladesh Medical College Hospital in the capital’s Dhanmondi area.

October 20, 2022
October 20, 2022

What I write about when I write love stories

A long time ago, when I was a young writer who had just published his first collection of short stories and had just been married to a young and lovely woman, I wrote a love story in the first person, which created two unanticipated problems.

October 16, 2022
October 16, 2022

Kathaprokash celebrates author Mashrur Arefin's work

Four of Arefin’s novels have been published so far, alongside three books of poetry and critically acclaimed translations of the Iliad and of Kafka’s short stories. 

October 13, 2022
October 13, 2022

Ahaduzzaman Mohammad Ali's 'Nakhshatra Nivey Jai': Poems well worth waiting for

A series of poems also reflect his ecological sensitivity to the machine in the garden and snakes and hyenas imperiling forests and rivers and Dhaka—the city he has lived in for most of his life.

September 28, 2022
September 28, 2022

Shaheen Akhtar’s ‘Beloved Rongomala’ (trans. Shabnam Nadiya) in a new edition from Westland Books

Based on an 18th century legend from Bangladesh’s Noakhali region, Beloved Ronglomala tells the story of one Queen Phuleswari, a child bride, and of Rongomala, a woman of legend.

September 11, 2022
September 11, 2022

In ‘Nehai’, Yusuf Muhammad’s doha verses explore the ceaselessness of life

The aim of a dohakar has always been to open the eyes of the masses. Many of the dohas written by the two prominent dohakars, Soroho-Pa and Kabir Das, have modernist, anti-establishment themes, criticising the social, political and religious conventions of their times. 

August 11, 2022
August 11, 2022

Niaz Zaman's 'An Ekushey Anthology': Reminiscing Ekushey, 70 years on

Zaman has classified the pieces in two groups: "the early stories focus on the events that took place on 21 February—the processions, the police action and the deaths—while the later ones show how the attitude to Bangla has changed in these 70 years.

August 5, 2022
August 5, 2022

DhakaYeah designs book cover for HarperCollins India

The novel, first published in Bangla as Narach, is set in late 19th century colonial Bengal. 

July 29, 2022
July 29, 2022

Humayun Ahmed and the language of Bangladeshi novels

His written language came close to spoken language due to the primitive and original style of Bengali syntax—simple sentence structures.