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Up in the main house & other stories

Author: Nadeem Zaman
Publisher: Los Angeles, CA : The Unnamed Press, [2019]
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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"A collection of fictional short stories by Nadeem Zaman which explore the issues of wealth, class, and alienation, set in contemporary Dhaka, Bangladesh"--
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Genre/Form: Fiction
Short stories
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Zaman, Nadeem,
Up in the main house & other stories
Los Angeles : Unnamed Press, 2019.
(DLC) 2019030046
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Nadeem Zaman
ISBN: 9781944700980 1944700986
OCLC Number: 1112132909
Description: 163 pages ; 20 cm
Contents: Up in the main house --
The father and the judge --
Dual income --
The caretaker's dilemma --
The happy widow --
The holdup --
The forced witness.
Other Titles: Up in the main house and other stories
Responsibility: Nadeem Zaman.

Abstract:

"A collection of fictional short stories by Nadeem Zaman which explore the issues of wealth, class, and alienation, set in contemporary Dhaka, Bangladesh"--

"Beautifully compelling and quietly powerful, Zaman’s stories capture an old way of life and ask what’s next? Up in the main house, servants have worked for decades watching the city rise around it, feeling like part of the family but knowing they aren’t. Nadeem Zaman’s new collection of eight stories set in contemporary Dhaka explore the inner lives of the cooks and butlers, night watchmen and peons – people who have spent decades working for the same family, in the same house. Arranged marriages are negotiated, favors asked, the social cues a subtle dance. The daily itineraries must run like clockwork for the rich and well off who have their own problems, but in Nadeem's stories they appear thin and forever insecure, a byproduct of the real lives being lived around them. There are digressions, too, big ones like the interlopers and prowlers, petty thieves, and calculated con men, and small ones, like the servant woman who locks herself in the master bedroom while the family is away and the night guard who wonders, if there is always "the family," does he have one of his own?" -- Publisher's description

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