Ibrahim Buksh’s Circus and Other Stories

2008-09-27__lit03by Shahaduz Zaman
Translated by Sonia Amin
Dhaka: UPL, 2008

Shahaduz Zaman,  a Bengali writer of short fiction, holds a doctorate in medical anthropology, and his training in native medical folklore often appears in his work. Among the most successful of the pieces in this collection of eight stories from Bangladesh is “The Story that Got Away,” concerning the 1971 war of liberation.

Translator Sonia Amin teaches history at Dhaka University and performs an admirable service to world literature in English by rendering these stories–many of them experimental and challenging–so clearly.