Shahidul Zahir, Jibon O Rajnoitik Bastobota [Life and Political Reality]

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Published in 1988, Shahidul Zahir’s first novella 

Jibon O Rajnoitik Bastobata

(

Life and Political Reality

) is a tale of two days, set fifteen years apart and written in one long, breathless paragraph, examining Bangladesh’s 1971 war of independence and its aftermath. The story is centered around Abdul Mojid, a young man from Dhaka’s old parts and his affective ties with his traumatic past and grotesque present. The slim novella opens with the sound of Abdul Majid’s sandal’s straps going “phot”, a mundane sound that is magnified by its significance as he hears the voice of Moulana Bodu’s son Abul Khair address the inhabitants of his

moholla

or neighborhood as “brothers”. Bodu, an accessory to the Pakistani forces during the terrible nine months of 1971, was the man…

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Citation: Manzoor, Nazia. "Jibon O Rajnoitik Bastobota". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 14 February 2024 [https://www.litencyc.com/php/sworks.php?rec=true&UID=41330, accessed 03 March 2024.]

41330 Jibon O Rajnoitik Bastobota 3 Historical context notes are intended to give basic and preliminary information on a topic. In some cases they will be expanded into longer entries as the Literary Encyclopedia evolves.

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