Bhaswati Ghosh discusses her debut novel, VICTORY COLONY, 1950.
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Robin Hemley discusses his new essay collection, BORDERLINE CITIZEN.
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Faizullah drills language for meaning. ...more
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Reema’s book teems with gorgeous metaphors. ...more
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Tarfia Faizullah discusses her new collection,
Registers of Illuminated Villages, mystery stories, the nature of evil, and mourning pages. ...more
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Abeer Hoque talks about coming of age in the predominantly white suburbs of Pittsburgh, rewriting her memoir manuscript ten times, and looking for poetry in prose.
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This is the hearth. This is the knot. This is home. The woman bent over a sewing machine, the steady hum of the motor, the needle rising and sinking. ...more
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I closed my laptop. I thought of words such as “contexts” and “perspectives.” The next morning, I checked out an armload of books from the university library. I had to learn to defend Durga. ...more
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Two secular journalists in Bangladesh were murdered recently, and these are far from the first incidents: These are only the latest in a recent string of killings of writers and journalists in Bangladesh. In a searing editorial Monday, the Dhaka Tribune called on authorities to work harder to arrest and prosecute the killers, who frequently […]
Author and veteran Voice of Witness editor Peter Orner sits down with
Invisible Hands: Voices From the Global Economy editor Corinne Goria to talk about putting the book together, economic interdependency, and the complex human stories behind everyday items. ...more
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Granta has a stirring excerpt from Maria Choudhuri’s forthcoming memoir Beloved Strangers, about growing up in the capital of Bangladesh and then moving to New York. The excerpt starts to explore the topic of her parents’ arranged marriage and what it meant for her mother to trade in a music career for a domestic life in […]