Wednesday, December 8, 2021

Bangladesh: Eminent writer Hasan Azizul Haque passes away

Acclaimed short-story writer and literary figure of Bangladesh Hasan Azizul Haque passed away at Rajshahi on Monday. He was 82. He was born in Burdwan district of West Bengal on February 2, 1939.


One of the most prominent literary figures of Bangladesh, Hasan Azizul Haque received the Ekushey Padak in 1999 and the country’s top civilian honour Independence award in 2019. He also received  literary awards like Bangla Academy award, Adamjee Sahitya Puraskar and Ananda Sahitya Puraskar in 2018 in Kolkata for his novel Agunpakhi.

Hasan Azizul Haque was especially known for his short stories in Bangla. He has published several collections of short stories including Atmoja O Ekti Karabi Gaach, Jibon Ghoshe Agun and  Naamhin and Gotrahin.

He got critical acclaim for his novel ‘Agunpakhi’ which won several literary awards in Bangladesh. The novel chronicles the life and times during partition of India in 1947 through its women protagonist who wonders about the clamour for Pakistan among her kinsmen. She reminisces about the world riven with divisiveness and bloodshed. Her family members leave for Pakistan but she refuses to go with them.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in her condolence message said that he will be remembered for his literary work and creativity.

Rajesh Jha/Dhaka

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