Ibrahim Buksh’s Circus and Other Stories Shahaduz Zaman Translated by Sonia Amin ISBN 984 70220 0006 6 2008 96pp 215x136mm HB Tk.275.00 US$23.00
The translated stories in this volume come from the pen of one of the outstanding short story writers in Bangladesh today. Shahaduz Zaman’s content, style and form do not follow a set or conventional pattern. He combines the narrative style of folk tales with the most intricate and experimental elements of modern day story telling, to create his own oeuvre. Prose, poetry, fantasy and reality – break their own boundaries and blend in his work. He has been termed the writer to look out for, by veterans such as Syed Shamsul Haq, “for his craftsmanship and untiring efforts in reviving the moribund stream of short story writing in Bengali.” His art of harnessing the timeless spirit of Bengal and the spirit of the times make him a writer one has to read with one’s heart as well as one’s mind. He also published Non fiction books on film, travelogue, collection of interviews and essays on issues related to art and culture.
Shahaduz Zaman writes both fiction and non-fiction. He has published ten books so far. He was born in Dhaka in 1962. He is a medical doctor and obtained a Ph.D. in Medical Anthropology from University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Currently he teaches at the James P. Grant School of Public Health, BRAC University, Dhaka, Bangladesh. (email@example.com)
Dr. Sonia Amin teaches history at the University of Dhaka and specialises in cultural/gender history of Bengal in the 19th and 20th centuries. She studied history at the university of Dhaka and Cambridge; and Sociology in the USA. Her monograph “The World of Muslim Women in Colonial Bengal” was published by E J Brill (Leiden) in 1996 and awarded a gold medal by the Asiatic Society of Bangladesh the following year. Dr Amin has been post-doctoral fellow at London University (SOAS), Cornell and the ISS, (The Hague). She has been translating prose and poetry from Bengali to English for over two decades and occasionally writes fiction and travel pieces.