The Book of Dhaka
Original language: Bangla
Published by: Comma Press, October 2016
Dhaka is the world’s tenth largest city with a population of more than 18 million people. The Book of Dhaka brings ten unique short stories from this overwhelming, vibrant city to English-reading audiences in the next installation of Comma Press's popular City in Short Fiction series. Dhaka is an unknown quantity to most westerners. It is the capital city of Bangladesh, which emerged as a nation state in 1971 after a violent struggle for independence from West Pakistan. Bangladesh, and Dhaka, therefore, has a very complex political and social history and rich cultural inheritance. Its central identifying characteristic is the Bangla language, and Comma are very excited to bring a host of challenging and exciting short stories in translation to a new audience.