Shelley Parker-Chan’s 'She Who Became The Sun': A song of identity and fate

Identity is mercurial: it shifts and morphs into a new being at the change of a breeze. That change is glacial, and often happens on its own volition; but one can also grasp a new identity, hold it...

Ali Smith's 'Autumn': Many shades of a golden season

Fifteen pages into Ali Smith’s Autumn—the first installment of the Seasonal Quartet, we are introduced to the protagonist (to the extent they exist in her books), Elisabeth.

4d ago| Literature

Shirshendu Mukhopadhyay named Sahitya Akademi fellow

Eminent Bengali writer Shirshendu Mukhopadhyay has been chosen as a fellow of India’s Sahitya Akademi, its highest honour for a living writer.

2w ago| Star Literature

FEMALE WARRIORS

I had decided to write a brief review of Selima Chowdhury’s book when it was first published, but what with one thing or another making me put it off, a couple of years rolled by, and we found...

2w ago| Star Literature

Story of Bengal and Bengalis: The Bengali Homeland and its Inhabitants

With the onset of the new millennium in the 21st century, there seems to be a revival of interest in the space, in the eastern part of South Asia, historically known as Bengal, and the people who...

BOOKCENTRIC READING CHALLENGE: Readers review nautical books

From August 2021, Daily Star Books was excited to have joined Bookcentric’s monthly reading challenge, which invites readers to read and review books following each month’s designated theme. Under...

September 23, 2021
September 23, 2021

Ali Smith's 'Autumn': Many shades of a golden season

Fifteen pages into Ali Smith’s Autumn—the first installment of the Seasonal Quartet, we are introduced to the protagonist (to the extent they exist in her books), Elisabeth.

September 23, 2021
September 23, 2021

Shelley Parker-Chan’s 'She Who Became The Sun': A song of identity and fate

Identity is mercurial: it shifts and morphs into a new being at the change of a breeze. That change is glacial, and often happens on its own volition; but one can also grasp a new identity, hold it...

September 20, 2021
September 20, 2021

Shirshendu Mukhopadhyay named Sahitya Akademi fellow

Eminent Bengali writer Shirshendu Mukhopadhyay has been chosen as a fellow of India’s Sahitya Akademi, its highest honour for a living writer.

September 19, 2021
September 19, 2021

Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari’s ‘Mapping Love’: A roller coaster ride of love, loss, and longing

Oorja, as her name suggests, is a bright young girl who is the main protagonist of the story. The novel begins with her travelling back to India after her mother’s demise. She reaches home only to...

September 18, 2021
September 18, 2021

Lines from Fuller Road

This dawn is unvarying, lovely, peaceful, dewy, Morning sky has opened its store of breathing clouds,

September 16, 2021
September 16, 2021

‘Ek Ashchorjo Phul Binoy Majumdar’ is a rare treat for fans of the poet

Jointly edited by Ahasan Hydar and Snigdhadip Chakraborty, Ek Ashchorjo Phul Binoy Majumdar (Ashroy Prokashon, 2021) is a valuable book on the life and work of Bengali poet Binoy Majumdar, who was...

September 16, 2021
September 16, 2021

A much-needed Bangla text on the history of Sufism

Sufibad O Sufider Shorup Shondhaney (‘In search of the nature of Sufism and Sufis’), written by Syed Rezaul Karim and published in 2020 by Bangla Academy, is a welcome addition to the meager...

September 16, 2021
September 16, 2021

Tarana Husain Khan's 'The Begum and the Dastan': Patriarchy is a labyrinth that defies time

I am convinced that while writing her book, The Begum and the Dastan (Westland Publications, 2021), Tarana Husain Khan’s aim was to leave her readers in a literary stupor, dizzy and yearning for...

September 15, 2021
September 15, 2021

The 2021 Booker Prize shortlist looks to the future

The 2021 Booker Prize shortlist was revealed on September 15, with six of the previously announced 13-novel longlist making the cut. Each of the six authors are to receive GBP 2,500, while the...

September 12, 2021
September 12, 2021

UPL launches Ananda Bikash Chakma’s new book, ‘Carpus Mahal Theke Shanti Chukti'

Dr Anand Bikash Chakma, Associate Professor at the department of History, Chittagong University, launched his book, Carpus Mahal Theke Shanti Chukti: Parbotto Chattogram-e Rashtrio Nitir Itihash ...