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Selina Hossain, 1947-

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Readings:

  1. Nirbacita galpa.
    1 Aphasara Bradarsa samskarana. Dhaka : Aphasara Bradarsa, 1997.
    (LCCN : 2001358867)
    • "Akalira steshanera jibana"
      MP3 excerpt: pp. 227-233
    • "Bhalobasara amatutu cara"
      MP3 excerpt: pp. 93-102
  2. Anurha purnima.
    Dhaka : Aitihya, 2001.
    (LCCN : 2001358866)
    • "Rahamata Alira sakuna dekha"
      MP3 excerpt: pp. 64-70

Selina Hossain is one of the most important women writers of Bangladesh. She has published twenty-one novels, seven collections of short stories, four collections of prose writings and four collections of stories for children. Her works are a moving account of the contemporary social and political crises and conflicts as well as the recurrent cycles of the life of the struggling masses. Quite a few of her novels have been translated into Indian regional languages and into French, Russian and English. Commenting on the war of liberation in Bangladeshi novels, Kabir Chowdhury wrote that Selina Hosain's, Hangara, Nadi, Greneda (Shark, River and Grenade), "set in a remote riverine rural area of southern Bangladesh, dealing with illiterate common men and women, achieves a commendable integration of theme and style and brilliantly highlights the essence of all that is heroic, noble and glorious in our liberation war." Critic Syed Akram Hossain recalls Selina's Pokamakorera gharabasati and comments, "Her portrayal of life of a particular community living on the south-east coast of Bangladesh is informed by a deep awareness of life which transcends regionalism."

Hossain is the winner of Bangla Academy award, 1980 and Alaol Purashkar, 1981 among many others. In 1994-95 she won a Ford Foundation Fellowship for her novel, Gayatri Sandhya. Selina Hossain is currently serving in the position of Director of the Bangla Academy in Dhaka.

The Library of Congress has in its collection thirty-four titles by her.

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