The Book of Dhaka: A City in Short Fiction
new issue
- Edited by Arunava Sinha & Pushpita Alam
Translated by Ahmed Ahsanuzzaman, Arifa Ghani Rahman, Arunava Sinha, Marzia Rahman, Masrufa Ayesha Nusrat, Md Mahmudul Haque, Md Shafiqul Islam, Pushpita Alam, Syeda Nur-E-Royhan

Dhaka may be one of the most densely populated cities  in the world—noisy, grid-locked, short on public amenities, and blighted with sprawling slums—but, as these stories show, it is also one of the most colourful and chaotically joyful places you could possibly call home. Slum kids and film stars, day-dreaming rich boys, gangsters and former freedom fighters all rub shoulders in these streets, often with Dhaka’s trademark rickshaws ferrying them to and fro across cultural, economic and ethnic divides. Just like Dhaka itself, these stories thrive on the rich interplay between folk culture and high art; they both cherish and lampoon the city’s great tradition of political protest, and they pay tribute to a nation that was borne out of a love of language, one language in particular, Bangla (from which all these stories have been translated).

Featuring stories by: Wasi Ahmed, Shaheen Akhtar, Salma Bani, Bipradash Barua, Akhteruzzaman Elias, Anwara Syed Haq, Parvez Hossain, Syed Manzoorul Islam, Moinul Ahsan Saber, Rashida Sultana

The Book of Dhaka has been co-published with Comma Press, UK. Check out the international edition here:

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was published in November 2017
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