|An Abiding City
Ruminations from Rome
Neeman A. Sobhan
ISBN 984 05 1656 6 2002 198pp 215x136mm HB Tk.400.00 US$25.00
Here is a fresh look at Italy and Rome from the perspective, not of a tourist but of a long time resident, albeit a foreign one. The charm of everyday Rome, the romance of history, the adventure of the expatriate’s eternal quest for home, the poetry of seasonal transformations, the eternal mysteries of relationships, the kaleidoscope of life in Italy in general and of one woman in particular, are some of the myriad themes in this collection of articles and poems.
Neeman Ahmad Sobhan, living in Rome, Italy, since 1978, has been writing a personal column in the Bangladeshi national daily, The Daily Star and its Star Weekend Magazine, spinning little vignettes and sketches out of her daily encounters and reflections in the eternal city. Here, in vivid prose and poetic detail, are selections from her work, embroidered by delicate ink sketches and other illustrations by Italian-American artist/writer Ginda Ayd Simpson.
Neeman Ahmad Sobhan is from Bangladesh. She came to the U.S at the age of nineteen and has lived an expatriate’s life since then. She did her B.A and M.A in Comparative and English Literature from the University of Maryland in the U.S. Since 1978 she has been living in Rome, Italy, with her husband and two sons, working as a journalist and columnist.
Ginda Simpson, painter-writer, has exhibited her work internationally. Her first book, ‘Morning of Light’ was a personal journal of stories and paintings of her life in Egypt where she lived for several years. Her second book, ‘Deeply Rooted’ concerns her return to her family roots in Italy and making her home in Umbria, where she lives presently and runs a bed-and breakfast with her husband.