Anwara Syed Haq (b. 1940)

Anwara Syed Haq is a familiar fiction writer in contemporary Bangladeshi literature. Born and educated in Jessore, Dhaka and London, Dr. Anwara is a psychiatrist by profession. After having completed her post graduate degree in medical psychiatry in 1982 she returned home from the UK and turned seriously to writing. However, she had been writing since fourteen years of age and continued to receive recognition through publishing poetry, short stories and essays in news papers and literary magazines during her study at the medical college. She is recognized to have often used her knowledge of human psychology in her writings. Her principal subject matter of writing is women’s negligible position in family life and society and its physical and psychological impact; women’s oppressive state against male domineer; and women’s unconvincing place conditioned by our religion and patriarchal society. Her publications comprise of twenty novels, five collections of short story, five collections of essays, one autobiography, one collection of travel writing and numerous books on children’s literature. Some of her well received novels are Bari O Banita, Shei Prem Shei Shomoy, Udoy Mina-ke Chay, Osthirotar Kaal Bhalo-bashar Shomoy, and Bhalo-bashar Laal Pipre. Some of her best short stories are included in Paruleer Uddoyon and Helal Jachchilo Rashmar Shathe Dekha Korte. For her contribution to literature, she received a handful of awards including the prestigious Bangla Academy Award in 2010.

She is a mother of two children – one daughter and one son and married to the eminent writer and poet Syed Samsul Haq.

Published April 20, 2011

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