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Shurjo's Clan

Iffat Nawaz

প্রি-অর্ডার Fiction

During the hours of daylight, young Shurjomukhi's family is like any other in
Dhaka, going through the motions of school, work, and domesticity in a nation
still in the flush of youth. But every night, once darkness falls over their
asymmetrical house, they switch over to the Unknown world. Death does not
exist in the Unknown side and the family is joined for dinner by Shurjo's freedom
fighter uncles, who were martyred in the tea gardens of Sylhet at the start of the
1971 Bangladesh liberation war, and her grandmother who killed herself by
jumping into a well in the aftermath of 1947. These dinners are festive affairs,
replete with the joy of reunion, music and stories, but underneath the
celebration, Shurjo's family is riddled with the traumas of their past: death, war,
migration, separation, the inability to belong to a land, dwelling in an in-between
space, an eternal limbo. And when the miasmic shadow of the past inevitably
falls on young Shurjo, the pitfalls of their dual reality is laid bare. The only way
forward is an upheaval that splits the family apart, flinging Shurjo and her
parents to the other end of the world.
Imaginative and compelling, Shurjo's Clan merges magical realism with a vivid
historicity to paint an entirely contemporary portrait of how grief is inherited, how
the traumas and memories of our ancestors continue to shape those who come
long after.
Spanning decades, from the forced migration of Bengalis to East Pakistan in
1947, through the 1971 liberation war, the wave of immigrants to the West in the
1980s, and a final return, Iffat Nawaz's lyrical and evocative prose marks the
arrival of a distinctive voice, one that unravels questions of grief, belonging,
identity, and family with delightful imaginativeness and devastating insight. With
its mesmerising balance between inexplicable otherworldliness and undeniable
reality, this debut novel asks, above all, how we can honour the past without
letting its wounds destroy us.

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