Opinion | A marvellous debut novel, but the author’s last one as well
‘Babu Bangladesh!’ could go down in history as a defining piece of literature on the volatile nation
Once in a rare while, a debut novel appears unannounced and hits you on the back of your head like a truncheon and leaves you stunned. Such a book is Babu Bangladesh! by Numair Atif Choudhury, which, if I may say so, could be the Midnight’s Children for that tumultuous nation. And it comes with a tragic backstory—soon after completing its final draft, Choudhury died last year in a drowning accident in Japan.