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Black IceBlack Ice by Mahmudul Haque
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Originally Kala Borof in Bengali by Mahmudul Haque. It is a part autobiographical novel by the author. The author had gone to Bangladesh, or what was then Pakistan, from West Bengal. He was forced to do so due to the violation that ensued the partition although he was reluctant. He later made the same trip backwards, back to India. These trips figure prominently in the book.

For a change this is a view of the partition from the East albeit a very distant view. The chapters alternate between the present and the past when the protagonist was a child. The life in West Bengal just before the partition is described well and one can understand the pain of partition without the pathos associated with it.

A decent read.

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