The Book of Dhaka

The Book of Dhaka

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

Translators: Ahmed Ahsanuzzaman, Arifa Ghani Rahman, Arunava Sinha, Marzia Rahman, Masrufa Ayesha Nusrat, Mohammad Mahmudul Haque, Mohammad Shafiqul Islam, Pushpita Alam, Syeda Nur-E-Royhan

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.