Theatre researcher and translator Abdus Selim’s ‘Ajab Deshe Alice’, the Bangla translation of Jason Pizzarello’s theatrical adaptation ‘Alice in Wonderland’ based on Lewis Carroll’s stories, was unveiled officially at a virtual programme held on Saturday.
‘Ajab Deshe Alice’ was launched at the Ekushey Book Fair 2020. The book has been jointly published by University Press Limited and Prokriti-Porichoy.
The virtual event on Saturday was organised by University Press Limited. It was streamed live on the Facebook page and YouTube channel of UPL. The programme featured book unveiling and book reading session.
Translator of the book professor Abdus Selim, cover artist Sabyasachi Hazra, acclaimed actors Afzal Hossain and Bannya Mirza attented the programme, anchored by University Press Limited managing director Mahrukh Mohiuddin. Besides, Tabassum Maisha, a student of Dhaka University, shared her experience of reading the book.
Abdus Selim has translated 30 plays till date. ‘Ajab Deshe Alice’ provides Bengali readers a glimpse into ‘Alice in Wonderland’ and its sequel ‘Through The Looking Glass’.
‘I have translated 30 plays till date. The play has been written based on two novels namely “Alice in Wonderland” and the other “Through The Looking Glass”. I hope it will stimulate imagination of readers,’ said Abdus Selim.
Tabassum Maisha said, ‘Almost everyone has heard of “Alice in Wonderland” during their childhood. The story helped many by stimulating imagination and readers can relate the characters and incidents in the story to contemporary times.’
‘I grew up listening to the story of Alice from my mother. I have really enjoyed reading the Bangla translation. The fairy tale book not only reminds readers of various issues in contemporary times but also contains various mathematical terms which I really enjoyed as a reader. I hope the book will encourage children to play with their imagination,’ added Tabassum Maisha.
Besides, actors Afzal Hossain and Bannya Mirza read selected parts from the book.
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