|Selected Short Stories of Shahed Ali
Translated and edited by Dilruba Z. Ara
ISBN 984 05 1762 7 2006 170pp 215x136mm HB Tk.300.00 US$ 23.00
This unique and diverse collection of short stories by eminent Bengali author Shahed Ali (1922—2001) gives the reader a look into daily life in Bangladesh and its people. It exposes one to the beliefs and customs of the Bengali culture. It explores society from the upper crust to the poor and unfortunate, sharing a wonderful insight into the makings of each and every individual we meet through these stories. Ali’s ability to perceive, capture and pass on the subtleties of each and every character, their emotional actions, reactions and reasoning, is well ahead of its time. Although many of these stories were written years ago, their message is still relevant and applicable.
Born in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Dilruba Z. Ara moved to Sweden at the age of twenty. She was educated at the University of Dhaka as well as at the universities of Gothenburg and Lund, and now works as a teacher of English and Swedish language in Sweden. She writes both prose and poetry, translates and is also an accomplished painter. Her other translated work is a portion of Pippi Longstocking into Bengali from the original. A List of Offences (Dhaka: UPL, 2006) is her debut novel. She lives in Sweden near the University town of Lund with her husband and their two children, Navid and Tania.