|Shame (1993) [Novel]|
by Taslima Nasrin
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(From the publisher):
The Duttas - Sudhamay, a respected physician; his wife, Kiranmayee; and their two children, Suranjan and Maya - have lived in Muslim Bangladesh all their lives. Despite being part of the country's Hindu minority, which has been terrorized at every opportunity by Muslim fundamentalists, they refuse to leave, as most of their friends and family have done. Sudhamay, an atheist, believes with a naive mixture of optimism and idealism that the forces of reason will prevail. Then, on December 6, 1992, their world suddenly begins to fall apart.
The animosity and bloodletting between Muslim and Hindu extremists on the Indian subcontinent are centuries old. But when the 450-year-old Babri mosque in Ayodhya (southeast of Delhi) was destroyed by Hindu fundamentalists in 1992, it let loose a worldwide wave of Muslim reprisals against all Hindus - a reign of terror that extended even to Bangladesh's small Hindu community.
These incidents form the background to Taslima Nasrin's explosive and courageous novel, Shame (Lajja in Bengali), describing the nightmarish fate of one family.
Original title: Lajja
Genre: Fiction→ Religious→ Islam
Fiction→ General Fiction
- This book was banned in Bangladesh and a fatwa was issued in the name of the author; because of this Taslima Nasrin had to flee her home country.