The Escape and Other Stories of 1947 edited by Niaz Zaman ISBN 984 05 1561 6 2000 142pp 215x136mm HB Tk.200.00 US$20.00
The creation of the two nation states of Pakistan and India in 1947 was accompanied by the partition of the Punjab in the west and Bengal in the east. While there in much literature available about the effects of partition in the west, there is little about the impact of partition on East Pakistan/Bangladesh. The Escape and Other Stories of 1947 brings together a range of stories that focus on the consequences of the partition on the people of East Pakistan/Bangladesh. Written at various intervals over the past fifty years, the stories are not just literary text but also significant social documents, giving a valuable insight into personal lives in the aftermath of partition and independence.
Niaz Zaman teaches in the Department of English, University of Dhaka. She was also taught at the University of Chittagong and George Washington University. From 1982 to 198, she served as Educational Attaché in the Bangladeshi Embassy at Washington D.C. Her study of partition novels written in three major languages, A Divided Legacy, won literary awards from the National Archives and the Asiatic Society of Bangladesh in 1999. her other publications include The Dance and Other Stories and Selected Short Stories from Bangladesh. She has also edited Other Englishes: Essays on Commonwealth Writing (co-editor), Different Perspectives: Women Writing in Bangladesh (co-editor). From 1982-1996 she was Editor of the Bangladesh Journal of American Studies. She is an occasional columnist for the weekly Holiday.