Syed Manzurul Islam is a British-Bangladeshi writer who was born in Boalia, Kishoreganj on 9 November 1953. He fought as a freedom fighter in the 1971 War of Liberation under Major M.A Jalil in Sector 9, and moved to the UK after liberation. After earning his PhD from the University of Gloucestershire, he became a reader there and his first book, The Ethics of Travel from Marco Polo to Kafka, was published by Manchester University Press in 1966. He also worked as a Racial Harassment Officer in East London during the “Paki Bashing” epidemic in the 70s and 80s.
Islam’s fiction is mainly about Bengali settlers in the United Kingdom. Both The Mapmakers of Spitalfields (1998), a collection of short stories, and his novel Burrow (2004). are about legal and illegal Bengali. Although
Citation: Kabir, Jackie. "Manzu Islam". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 04 December 2020 [https://www.litencyc.com/php/speople.php?rec=true&UID=14560, accessed 04 December 2023.]