Author: Taslima Nasreen
Translator(s): Rani Ray
ISBN/UPC (if available): 8188575054
In 'Shodh' unlike her other novels, Taslima Nasrin seeks to revolutionize the concept of love and marriage in the so-called elite yet tradition-bound societies. She effects this through a transformation of roles assigned to women- as lover, wife, mother and daughter-in-law.
The story of Jhumur’s marriage to Haroon, therefore, goes beyond the study of a marriage or the fate of a person and raises issues such as: Is love possible without self-respect; What is the relationship among love, desire and marriage; In what way can the established familial relationships be redefined…
In This novel, as much as in her other non-fictional works, Nasrin’s personal experience Breathes life into the narrative.
It is possible for young women to reach within themselves and nurture their won spiritual life in spite of the physical and emotional pain that men and tradition-bound societies--can inflict upon them.
-Nora Boustany, The Washington post
Taslima foregrounds hitherto repressed knowledges about female desire.
-Saiyeda Khatun, Genders
By reconstructing and rearticulating her own and other women’s experience of humiliation, abuse and discrimination…Nasrin connects the personal (or social) identity to the larger context of social relations.
-Ali Riaz, Voice an Silence
Dr Nasrin’s voice is the voice of humanism every where.
Nobel Laureate in Literature, 1986