Library of Bangladesh Presents Shaheed Quaderi - Selected Poems

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Written by: Shaheed Quaderi
Translated by: Kaiser Haq

Shaheed Quaderi was a central figure in the development of literary modernism in Bangladesh. This selection presents Quaderi at his best, and is representative as well. It opens with the first poem of his first book, ends with the last poem of his posthumously published collection, and includes one of the two poems with which he made his debut in 1953. Kaiser Haq, who knew the poet well, and is a leading Bangladeshi poet writing in English, is uniquely qualified to present Quaderi to Anglophone readers interested in world literature.

ABOUT THE POET: Shaheed Quaderi was one of the leading modern poets of Bangladesh. After an eventful childhood spent in Kolkata during World War II and the run-up to the partition of India, he lived in Dhaka, where he produced the bulk of his poetry. His first collection, Uttaradhikar (Patrimony), appeared in 1967 to wide critical acclaim, and was followed by Tomake Obhibadan, Priyotama (Greetings, Dearest) in 1974, and Kothao Kono Krondon Nei (No Tears Shed Anywhere) in 1978. Since then he lived in Cologne, London, Boston and New York, where, after painful years coping with renal failure, he died in 2016. Much of his later work is collected in Amar Chumbonguli Pouchhey Dao (Carry My Kisses to Their Destination), published in 2009. A posthumous volume, Godhulir Gaan (Songs at Twilight), published in 2017 brings together his last poems and previously uncollected poems and translations. Quaderi was awarded the Bangla Academy Literary Award (1973) and the Ekushey Padak (2011).

ABOUT THE TRANSLATOR: Kaiser Haq is a poet, essayist and translator, and is currently professor of English at the University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh (ULAB). His books include Published in the Streets of Dhaka: Collected Poems; Pariah and Other Poems; two edited anthologies; and a number of translated volumes, most recently The Triumph of the Snake Goddess.

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