Compiled List of Bangladeshi Literature & Texts

Fiction & Poetry

❊ Dhaka Dust - poetry by Dilruba Ahmed (some selections here)

❊ A Golden Age & The Good Muslim - Tahmima Anam

❊ The Demon Slayers & Other Stories: Bengali Folktales - translated by Sayantani Dasgupta

❊ Folk Tales of Bengal - Lal Behari Day (full text available here)

❊ The Hungry Tide - Amitav Ghosh

❊ Seam - poetry by Tarfia Faizullah

❊ Black Ice - Mahmudul Haque

❊ The Lovers and the Leavers - short stories by Abeer Hoque

❊ Of Blood and Fire - Jahanara Imam

❊ The Burrow - Manzu Islam

❊ Lajja – Taslima Nasrin

❊ Like A Diamond in the Sky – Shazia Omar

❊ Abol Tabol: The Nonsense World of Sukumar Ray and The Select Nonsense of Sukumar Ray – Sukumar Ray

❊ The Ballads of Bengal - edited by Dineschandra Sen (full text available here)

❊ Writers of the Hungryalist Movement: Utpalkumar Basi, Binoy Majumdar, Sandipan Chattopadhyay, Basudeb Dasgupta, Falguni Roy, Subhash Ghosh, Saileshwar Ghosh, Tridib Mitra, Alo Mitra, Arunesh Ghosh, Ramananda Chattapadhyay, Anil Karanjai, Karunanidhan Mukhopadhyay, Subo Acharya 


❊ Tomader Jonno Valobasa – Humayan Ahmed

❊ Nirudessher Kahani – Jagdish Chandra Bose

❊ Copotronic Sukh Dukho - Muhammad Zafar Iqbal

❊ Sultana’s Dream – Rokeya Sakhawat

Notable Writers: Nipun Alam, Ali Imam, Qazi Anwar Hussain, Altamas Pasha, Abdul Ahad, Anirudha Alam, Ahsanul Habib, Kamal Arsalan, Dr. Ahmed Mujibar Rahman, Moinul Ahsan Saber, Swapan Kumar Gayen, Mostafa Tanim, Vobdesh Ray, Jubaida Gulshan, Ara Hena, Amirul Islam, Touhidur Rahman, Zakaria Swapan, Qazi Shahnur Hussain

Non-Fiction/Academic Texts

❊ They Ask If We Eat Frogs: Garo Ethnicity in Bangladesh – Ellen Bal

❊ Transnationalism Reversed: Women Organizing Against Gendered Violence in Bangladesh - Elora Chowdhury (full text available here) 

❊ The Rise of Islam and the Bengal Frontier – Richard Maxwell Eaton ❊ Needless Hunter: Voices from a Bangladeshi Village – Betsy Hartmann

❊ The Quest for National Identity: Women, Islam and the State in Bangladesh – Naila Kabeer

❊ Microfinance and its Discontents: Women in Debt in Bangladesh – Lamia Karim

❊ Contradictory Lives: Baul Women in India and Bangladesh – Lisa Knight

❊ Ami Birangona Bholchi (I, a Birangona, Speak) - Interviews with rape survivors of the Bangladeshi Independence War translated by Nusrat Rabbee

❊ Women, War, and the Making of Bangladesh: Remembering 1971 – Yasmin Saikia

❊ Reshaping the Holy: Democracy, Development, and Muslim Women in Bangladesh - Elora Shehabuddin (full text available here) 

❊ 400 Years of Dhaka: Series from the Asiatic Society of Bangladesh on Dhaka, Beyond Urbanization and Urban Development – multiple volumes

Piyali’s introduction to “Good Girls Marry Doctors” points to the pain of all this honesty, the vulnerability, the defiance and destructiveness. Daughters have a particular and encompassing role in traditional cultures and it can stifle any sense of individuality, let alone ambition or happiness. The seemingly simple idea of choosing “what being Indian means to me” as Surya Kundu puts it, can look like a betrayal of tradition and family.