A Seaman’s Wife
The novel Sareng Bou (A Seaman’s Wife) tells the tale of the diverse life of a seaman and, in doing so, describes the diversity of so many cities and ports crisscrossed along the lines of longitude and latitude. But at the centre is the story of the struggle of Sareng Bou, the seaman’s wife Nabitun, who stands up against the lechery of the village clique, against the financial constraints they create, against the unfounded suspicions in her husband’s mind. Nabitun is not just another virtuous woman of the Bangla novel, she is woman who fights fiercely for her existence and honour. She may be as soft as the silt of the sea, but holds her head high in proud determination.
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Syed Najmuddin Hashim
Born on 1 June 1925 in Dhaka. Syed Najmuddin Hashim completed BA Honours in English from Presidency College, Kolkata. He went on to become a journalist, diplomat, editor and broadcaster. He served in the government of Pakistan and later in the government of independent Bangladesh in various capacities. He was Minister of Information (1982-84) as well as ambassador of Bangladesh to Burma (now Myanmar), Singapore, USSR, Finland and Mongolia. Among his various publications are Bandishala Pakistan, Asleshar Rakhyoshi Belay and Shomuddyoto Daibo Durbipakey. He also translated the poems of Abu Zafar Obaidullah and Shamsur Rahman. He died on 18 July 1999.
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