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Arif Anwar

Arif Anwar was born in Chittagong, Bangladesh. He earned both a masters and doctorate in education from the University of Toronto. His PhD dissertation is entitled Non-literate and Low-literate Mobile Phone Users: Do They Acquire Literacy? Anwar worked for BRAC, a non-governmental organization based in Bangladesh and with UNICEF Myanmar. Today, he lives and works in Toronto.


The Storm: A Novel

Toronto: HarperCollins, 2018.
PS8600 .N92 S86 2018

Publisher’s Synopsis (from its website)

Inspired by the 1970 Bhola Cyclone, in which half a million people perished overnight, The Storm seamlessly interweaves five love stories that, together, chronicle fifty years of Bangladeshi history.

Shahryar, a recent Ph.D. graduate and father of nine-year-old Anna, must leave the US when his visa expires. As father and daughter spend their last remaining weeks together, Shahryar tells Anna the history of his country, beginning in a village on the Bay of Bengal, where a poor fisherman and his Hindu wife, who converted to Islam out of love for him, are preparing to face a storm of historic proportions. Their story intersects with those of a Japanese fighter pilot, a British female doctor stationed in Burma during World War II, a Buddhist monk originally from Austria, and a privileged couple in Calcutta who leave everything behind to move to East Pakistan following the Partition of India. The structure of this riveting novel mimics the storm itself – building to a series of revelatory and moving climaxes as it explores the many ways in which families love, betray, honor, and sacrifice for one another.


Publisher HarperCollins Canada

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