Book adaptations to look forward to in 2023

The live-action rock series follows the rise of a rock band through the 1970s Los Angeles music scene as they embark on a quest for worldwide fame.

Abdus Selim’s poetry compilation of the ‘60s is a time machine

Abdus Selim’s translation and compilation is a time machine for all of us living in the new age, where poems have become much neutered.

One life, and a history of two economies: Mirza Nurul Huda

His is an inspiring tale of a little boy with big dreams rising from the backwaters of Bengal to become a fabled student who went on to be a professor of Dhaka University, and to hold some of the highest offices in public service.

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“Quite mundane and linear”: A reader reacts to our ChatGPT story

The gravity of writing has always come from the writer. A piece of literature cannot be judged without the whys and hows, and these questions are impossible to answer without sentience.

One Hundred Years of ‘Siddhartha’: One man’s journey to enlightenment

"Perhaps you cannot find what you are seeking, because you seek too much."

Young writers and poets awarded by IFIC Bank and ‘Kali O Kalam’

The prestigious Kali O Kalam Torun Kabi O Lekhak Puroshkar 2022 was conferred on January 28 at an award ceremony at Bengal Shilpalay in Dhanmondi, Dhaka.

Family of feelings: Iffat Nawaz's 'Shurjo's Clan'

Part memoir, part magical realism, this is a story about identity and the idea of home.

The Russian novelist who predicted a nuclear apocalypse

Dmitry Glukhovsky says sales of his books depicting life in the Moscow Metro after a nuclear apocalypse have been booming since Russia put him on a "wanted" list for opposing the war in Ukraine and he was forced to flee abroad.

On Prince Harry's memoir: Spare us the drivel, please

Harry’s dig at the paparazzi is the underlying theme of his life-story.

Marriage of art and industry: A book illustrates the Hamiduzzaman Sculpture Park

70 percent of these beautiful sculptures are built from the leftover scraps of the Summit Gazipur (464 MW) Power Plant.

Defining Haiku poetry with poet Quamrul Hassan

Haiku is a poem in three lines that captures the image of a single moment in the reader’s mind.

Amitav Ghosh visits ancestral home in Gopalganj

Ulpur village served as the seat of the Zamindari and Jagir of the Basu Roy Chowdhury family.

January 19, 2023
January 19, 2023

To be human for the corporation: Olga Ravn’s ‘The Employees’

These characters, human and machine alike, are invited to provide witness statements about their working environment to a commission, which form the entirety of the novel—a design that helps Ravn bring about an atmosphere of tension.

January 19, 2023
January 19, 2023

Livraria Lello: the bookstore that inspired Flourish and Blotts

Visiting the Livaria Lello transports any Harry Potter fan to Flourish and Blotts.

January 18, 2023
January 18, 2023

‘Eken Babu’ writer Sujan Dasgupta found dead under mysterious circumstances

He was reportedly found lying on the floor of his bedroom, according to the police. 

January 16, 2023
January 16, 2023

William Dalrymple plays a role in world’s largest Commonwealth heritage conservation programme

The 216-year-old building of the former British Residency of Hyderabad (also known as Koti Residency or Hyderabad Residency) has been fully restored after a remodelling work of nearly 20 years.

January 16, 2023
January 16, 2023

Hanif Kureishi's Twitter diary and why he couldn't make it to Bangladesh

"I realised I had to start again as a person and a writer. I had to become a comic writer, a serious writer, a writer who could integrate the madness and most interesting elements on the same page."

January 15, 2023
January 15, 2023

Italian man steals unpublished books by award-winning authors

The more than 1,000 stolen manuscripts included a work by a Pulitzer Prize-winning author.

January 14, 2023
January 14, 2023

‘Border Crossings’ hopes to reconcile diasporic identities

Syed Afzal Hasan Uddin says of first generation immigrants that they—who are already grappling with the duality of their multifaceted identities—were not seen as being Bengali enough by their parents.

January 14, 2023
January 14, 2023

The art of moderating literary conversations

Rifat Munim highlighted how a moderator can be a catalyst to an engaging dialogue between the panellists and the audience,

January 14, 2023
January 14, 2023

Foreign literature is a very precious tool for peace

Daily Star Books’ panel on January 8, Day 4 of the Dhaka Lit Fest sought to take the audience to a more existential aspect of what the festival attempts to do. Who chooses which stories deserve to become books? Who chooses whether news of those books will even reach readers? Does book criticism truly help the flow and business of literature within and across national borders?

January 14, 2023
January 14, 2023

Goddesses of Bengal: The living myth of Devi Manasa, Bon Bibi and more

There is absolutely no necessary relationship between the worship of goddesses and the treatment of women.