A chunk of booklovers at the Amar Ekushey Book Fair has been drawn to renowned authors Syed Shamsul Haq, Showkat Ali and Shaheed Qadri, who we have lost in recent past.
A significant number of visitors were seen exploring titles by the writers who are no longer with us but have left behind a huge body of crucial literary works.
Munmun Mariam and Apirimita Bose, Dhaka University graduates, looked for new titles by Syed Haq as they believed that the physical demise of the versatile writer was not his final departure.
Anyaprokash has brought out Syed Haq’s Nodi Karo Noy, which is, according to writer’s wife Anwara Syed Haq, his last novel.
She has written the preface that the novel depicted plights of hundreds of thousands people who experienced cruel partition of the subcontinent in 1947.
The same publishing house has also published Utkat Tandrar Niche, the 50th and the last poetry title by Syed Haq. Anwara said that 33 poems of the book were written when Syed Haq was counting his last days at a Dhaka hospital.
Syed Haq died on September 27, 2016.
Prothoma Prokashan has brought out four novels by Syed Haq: Anarkoli, Tumi Sei Tarobari, Ditio Diner Kahini and Balikar Chandrojan. These titles were published between October and November last year.
Tapashi Sharmin, a stall attendant at Prothoma, told New Age that the new titles, especially Anarkoli and Tumi Sei Tarobari, were in good sales.
Young readers were opting for the titles, she said.
This year, Yaroa Book Corner has published Bunobristir Gaar containing Syed Haq’s 21 poems while Student Ways has brought out Smritir Nakshatra Syed Haq, a memoir by
Anwara Syed Haq.
Panjeree Publications has brought out Syed Haq’s Hunson’s Gun, translated by Syed Manzoorul Islam.
Prothoma has also published Godhulir Gaan, a collection of Shaheed Quadri’s unpublished poems. The manuscript was provided by Quadri’s wife Neera Quadri.
Quadri departed on August 28, 2016. He still has a strong appeal for his notable poetry titles Uttoradhikar, Tomake Obhibadon Priyotoma, Kothao Kono Krondon Nei and Amar Chumbongulo Pouchey Dao.
Ittadi Grantha Prakash has brought out Bamon, a collection of Showkat Ali’s 16 short stories. The author’s son Asif Showkat Kallol has written the preface where he says that the stories were published in various literary outlets years ago.
Shawkat died on January 25 this year.
Bishwasahitya Bhaban previously published six volumes of collected works of Showkat Ali. This year, the house has brought out three more volumes.
Shantanu Kaysar, a banker, was seen buying Showkat’s Neel Paharer Gaan, published from Bangladesh Shishu Academy. The title was first published in 1979. ‘In my childhood, the juvenile novel was among my favourite reads. Now I have bought this for my son,’ he said.
On the 22th day of the fair, 103 new titles hit the bookstalls.
On the day, the two-day International Literary Conference 2018 kicked off at Bangla Academy with delegates from Bangladesh, India, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Pakistan and Colombia.
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