The Agony of the Ghost

And Other Stories

Hasan Azizul Huq

Translated by Bhaskar Chattopadhyay



5.5 x 8 inches, 176pp. April 2018

ISBN : 9780857425027

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Hasan Azizul Huq is known for his stories that bring a powerful social consciousness to bear on the lives of ordinary people in contemporary Bangladesh—but doing so with surprising twists to what we think of as the typical grounds of realistic fiction.

The Agony of the Ghost gathers 12 remarkable stories from his large oeuvre that offer a sense of the range of his insights and approaches. In 'Without Name or Lineage', a man returns home in search of his wife and son after the war, only to find them in ways both unexpected and expected. 'The Sorcerer' finds a sorcerer dying without revealing his secrets to three brothers who had been trying to compel him to tell—and strange deaths follow. In 'Throughout the Afternoon', a disarmingly simple story, a young boy awaits his grandfather’s death.

In all the stories, the lives of the most disadvantaged people in Bengali society are revealed in harrowing, unforgettable detail.

Hasan Azizul Huq has published over two dozen books and won some of the most prestigious awards in the Bengali-speaking world, including the Bangla Academy Award and the Ananda Puraskar.


Bhaskar Chattopadhyay is a writer and translator. His translations include the anthology 14: Stories that Inspired Satyajit Ray, Shirshendu Mukhopadhyay's adventure novellas No Child's Play and The House by the Lake. His own works include the novels Penumbra and Patang. He lives and works in Bangalore, India.