Syed Waliullah: Lal Salu [Tree Without Roots] (1653 words)

Context

Lal Salu [literally a type of red cloth] (1948) was Syed Waliullah’s first and most famous novel. Like his other two later novels, Chander Amabasya [Night of No Moon] (1964) and Kando Nadi Kando [CryRiverCry] (1968), Lal Salu is set in rural Bengal. Eastern Bengal, now Bangladesh, is dotted with mazaars, shrines of Muslim saints, some known, others unknown. These shrines are draped with red cloth. In the early 1940s, when Waliullah lived with his father in Mymensingh, he would often pass one such shrine and this inspired him to write Lal Salu. Initially published by Comrade Publishers in Calcutta,

Citation: Zaman, Niaz. "Lal Salu". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 16 February 2021 [https://www.litencyc.com/php/sworks.php?rec=true&UID=39288, accessed 08 March 2021.]

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