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Author: Taslima Nasreen
Translator(s)/ Editors(s): Honor Moore
Publisher: Vani Prakashan
ISBN/UPC (if available): 9789350008478
In contemporary Bangladesh, Jhumur marries for love and imagines life with her husband, Haroon, will continue much as it did when they were dating. But once she crosses the threshold of Haroon’s family home, Jhumur find she is expected to be the traditional Muslim wife: head covered, eyes averted and, unable to leave the house without an escort. When she becomes pregnant, Jhumur is shocked to discover that Haroon doesn’t believe the baby is his. Overwhelmed by his mistrust, Jhumur plots her revenge in the arms of a handsome neighbor.
From one of the controversial and internationally acclaimed writers of her generation, Revenge is story about the deep satisfaction that can come from only getting even.
“…The truth, as Nasrin and a handful of other brave souls have dared to utter; is that not all traditions are worthy of keeping, that not all long-held principles are equally valid. Not every word written in a holy book-any holy book-is indeed holy. Not every attempt to bring enlightenment to the shadows of ignorance can be dismissed…”
== LOS ANGELES TIMES
“...But Nasrin is no Rushdie (although they can be compatible spiritual allies). However, the story she seeks to put before us is so deliciously conflicted that it, like an unwiped teardrop, can head only one way: towards the heart…”
== OUTLOOK INDIA
“…Honesty is always disconcerting. Children are good at it until they learn deceit from their elders. The child remains in the woman, but the woman internalizes the message that being a good girl means not talking about certain things. Taslima Nasrin, in the consensus opinion of those who presume to judge her, is not a good girl…”
== THE HINDU
“Perhaps Nasrin…suggests here that a less flamboy ant rage…is more practical than the confrontational approach that has left her an outcast from her homeland.”
== THE INDEPENDENT