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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Comma Press (26 Oct. 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 190558380X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1905583805
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 1.5 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 636,245 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'No shortage of talent in this short story collection. It should be read as a tribute to writers who do not always have the freedoms that we take for granted.' - Bookmunch --https://bookmunch.wordpress.com/2016/11/16/in-the-perpetual-tug-of-loss-and-renewal-reside-a-million-stories-book-of-dhaka-ed-by-akhteruzzaman-elias-and-anwara-syed-haq/

'This is a Dhaka seen through the fictional lens of writers who have lived through the city's ugliness as well as its sheer beauties. ...This book stands to reason that collaborative efforts can actually make a difference and bridge the gap between cultures and languages, between the east and the west.' - The Dhaka Tribune --http://www.dhakatribune.com/magazine/2016/12/06/book-dhaka-remarkable-creative-collaboration/

'For those familiar with narratives of Partition, however, it is still familiar ground; there is nothing new in these tales per se. Their uniqueness lies in the human element, in personal accounts of loss and sorrow. Not all losses are physical or tangible. Some of these stories capture, like a camera, the precise moment when one finds oneself staring into the eyes of defeat; when the very effort to fight back a greater force becomes a travesty.' - India Today --http://indiatoday.intoday.in/story/dhaka-a-city-in-short-fiction-pushpita-alam-arunava-sinha/1/855480.html

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Wasi Ahmed is a Bangladeshi novelist and short story writer. His works in original and in translation have been anthologized in Bangladesh, India and Sri Lanka. He has co-authored and edited an anthology of South Asian short stories and he is associated with an English daily in Bangladesh. Moinul Ahsan Saber (born 1958) is a famous short story writer, whose father Ahsan Habib, had also been one of the major modern poets of Bangladesh. Saber studied Sociology at Dhaka University and was the editor of a popular weekly magazine Saptahik 2000 and now a full-time writer. He also writes children s fiction and novels. He has a handful of awards to his credit Philip s Award, Bapi Shahriar Children s Award, Humayun Qadir Literature Award and the most prestigious Bangla Academy Literature Award (1996). Shaheen Akhtar is the author of five collections of short stories and four novels. Talaash won the Best Book of the Year Award for 2004 from Prothom Alo, the largest-circulation daily newspaper in Bangladesh. Akhtar has been awarded in 2014, as the 'Sera Bangali' in the field of Literature by ABP Ananda, the leading Bengali news channel in India. For her novel Moyur Shinghashon, Shaheen won the Akhtaruzzaman Elias Kothashahitya Award 2015. She currently works for Ain O Salish Kendra (ASK), a human rights/legal aid organization in Dhaka. Salma Bani was born in 1962 in Dhaka. Her writing career started with Nindito Uttoron (2000), a novel about immigrant life. She added new dimensions to Bengali novels through her epic narrative on slum life, Vangari (2004). She received the Kagoj Tarun Sahitya Puroshkar 2003 for her short story collection Boba Shomoy O Neel Uppakkhyan. Bipradash Barua was born in 1940 in Chittagong. He did his Masters in Bengali Language and Literature in 1967. Barua published more than 140 books. This significant writer has won a numerous awards including the prestigious Bangla Academy Award (1991) and National Ekushey Podok 2014. Akhteruzzaman Elias (1943-1997) was a Bangladeshi novelist and short story writer, who despite only writing two novels, is regarded by most critics as among the pantheon of great Bengali authors. Chilekothar Sepai (The Soldier in the Attic, 1987) offered an unrivalled depiction of life in Puran Dhaka - the old town. Khoabnama (A Tale of Dreams, 1996) depicts the socio-political scene in rural pre-partition Bangladesh. His many awards include Bangla Academy Award for Literature (1983), the Kazi Mahbubullah Gold Medal (1996), and the Ekushey Padak (posthumously, 1999). Parvez Hossain (born 1960) is a Bangladeshi writer born in Rajapur. He got his Honors and Masters Degree from Jagannath University College in Bangla Literature. Hossain is engaged in the printing and publishing business. He has five books. His book Je Jibon Phoringer Doyeler was awarded the Gemcon Literary Award in 2011. Another book won the Prothom Alo Book of the Year in 2013. Syed Manzoorul Islam writes with equal ease and fluency in both Bangla and English. He has six short story collections and five novels. He received the Bangla Academy Award for literature in 1996. Islam is Professor of English at the University of Dhaka, and the Co-ordinator of the Department of English and Humanities at BRAC University. Novelist, poet and short story writer Rashida Sultana was born in 1973 and studied Economics in Dhaka University. Anwara Syed Haq is a significant writer of Bangla Literature and renonwned psychiatrist. Her publications consist of twenty-five novels, five books of poetry, ten collections of short stories, eight collections of essays, three autobiography volumes, two collections of travel writing, and forty fictional stories for young readers. She has received a handful of awards including the prestigious Bangla Academy Award in 2010.

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