Kazi Nazrul Islam, Bandhon Hara [Unfettered]

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Kazi Nazrul Islam’s novel Bandhon Hara [Unfettered] began to be serialized in Moslem Bharat [Muslim India] from mid-April 1920 and was published as a book in 1927. The first of his three novels, it is notable for the autobiographical details it provides of the writer’s life as a soldier in Karachi. At the same time this epistolary novel – perhaps the first such novel written in Bengali – also provides details of the lives of Muslim women in the early years of the twentieth century. In addition to the Muslim women, there is also a Brahmo woman in the novel, whose function is to show the contrast between the lives of Muslim women and the freer Brahmo woman.

Kazi Nazrul Islam was a great admirer of Rabindranath Tagore (1861-1941), and it is possible that he was influenced by

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Citation: Zaman, Niaz. "Bandhon Hara". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 26 January 2021 [https://www.litencyc.com/php/sworks.php?rec=true&UID=39286, accessed 06 December 2023.]

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