The World in My Hands
"Darkly funny. A strong new voice from Bangladesh."
"Insightful, detailed and poignant. K. Anis Ahmed's pen will hold the reader's attention till the last page."
– Shashi Tharoor
This darkly satirical debut novel heralds a major new voice from Bangladesh.
Struggling newspaper-editor Hissam is finding it harder to pretend that believing in your work is just as satisfying as landing a big promotion. His old college friend Kaiser has fared considerably better as one of the city's wealthiest businessmen, and also happens to be married to the woman of Hissam's dreams. Hissam's chance to strike it big presents itself in the form of a military-backed Emergency that upends the country's social order. Choosing to back different sides, Hissam and Kaiser find themselves trading places in a way that changes their relationship, and their lives, forever.
Good Night, Mr. Kissinger
"The most exciting new Bangladeshi talent writing in English."
- David Shook, World Literature Today
Crowded and disordered, the city of Dhaka routinely deals out unexpected blows, setbacks, and isolation as well as success and epiphany to its denizens, some of whom populate this collection of nine stories. The city comes of age over the course of these tales, from its sleepy start as a provincial capital to the great, dysfunctional megalopolis it is today. Severed connections and the subsequent longing for understanding and unity are at the heart of this moving set of stories that will resonate long after the last page has been turned.
Employing spare but precise language that recalls Naipaul and Coetzee, and vivid evocations akin to Vargas Lllosa and Bolaño, these stories mark the debut of a strong new talent in the burgeoning scene of English writing in Bangladesh.
Chollish Kadam is a Bengali-language translation of K. Anis Ahmed's Pushcart-nominated long story, "Forty Steps" (0riginally published in The Minnesota Review, n.s. 52-54 in 2000-2001).
This translation by the famous West Bengali author Manabendra Bandyopadhyay was published in 2006 by Kagoj Prokashono.