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Bystander By Sylvia Mortoza
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Bystander was written as a sequel to Sylvia Mortoza’s first novel, “The Inconsequential Politician.” Although the starting overlaps the tale of Ahmed Ali Mridha as told in... More > “Politician” beginning with his return to his village home after the death of his beloved wife at Dhaka, it tell a new story from the view of his family members who were in Dhaka and other parts of the country. It takes the reader through the painful nine months of occupation by the Pakistani Army in 1971 and continues on to illustrate how political strife and instability invades both public and personal life of ordinary people struggling to survive in the most difficult times.< Less
The Inconsequential Politician By Sylvia Mortoza
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When you read Bangladeshi author Sylvia Mortoza's nation-coming-of-age novel, "The Inconsequential Politician," don't expect The Last Hurrah with beards and saris. Her novel is about the... More > birth of Bangladesh as seen through the life of...well...an inconsequential politician. Being a political novel, it ignores the rules of the hero novel, for politics grinds heroes into the bone meal on which tyrants feast. The stage dramatizes the story rather than the story dramatizing the stage. It is a novel also about outback realpolitik in a country few can even locate on a map, much less fathom as a political culture in which millions act as they do. We watch a nation born under a dark moon and thunderous skies, from the perspective of a bit player shunted mercilessly from little to little more by the forces he helps support.< Less
Membhabi By Sylvia Mortoza
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This is an autobiography of a young English girl who came to Pakistan during the 1950s as the wife of a Pakistani government officer. Her story begins with her arrival in Karachi and takes the reader... More > right up to almost the present day. The author’s account takes the reader to both East and West Pakistan and vividly depicts the trying experiences she and her family endured in Dhaka during the tumultuous and bloody political events that led to the birth of the new nation, Bangladesh. Membhabi offers an intimate view of Muslim family life, of the rituals and obligations that hold the extended family together – and what separates them. The title of the book reveals, as nothing else can, the pain she felt at being called Membhabi (derogatory term for white sister-in-law) by members of the family instead of Sejo Bhabi (Third sister-in-law). Although the end of her story is hopefully, some years off, the book had to come to an end if it was to see the light of day. .< Less
Membhabi By Sylvia Mortoza
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This is an autobiography of a young English girl who came to Pakistan during the 1950s as the wife of a Pakistani government officer. Her story begins with her arrival in Karachi and takes the reader... More > right up to almost the present day. The author’s account takes the reader to both East and West Pakistan and vividly depicts the trying experiences she and her family endured in Dhaka during the tumultuous and bloody political events that led to the birth of the new nation, Bangladesh. Membhabi offers an intimate view of Muslim family life, of the rituals and obligations that hold the extended family together – and what separates them. The title of the book reveals, as nothing else can, the pain she felt at being called Membhabi (derogatory term for white sister-in-law) by members of the family instead of Sejo Bhabi (Third sister-in-law). Although the end of her story is hopefully, some years off, the book had to come to an end if it was to see the light of day. .< Less

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