Bangladesh novelist Zia Haider Rahman on 19 August 2015 won the James Tait Black award 2015 for his debut novel In the Light of What We Know. He received this prize during the 2015 Edinburgh international book festival.
Born in rural Bangladesh, Rahman was educated at Balliol College, Oxford and later at Cambridge, Munich, and Yale Universities. Prior to shifting to the writing career, he had worked as an investment banker and a human rights lawyer.
About In the Light of What We Know
The novel’s story is based on an investment banker in a lead role who receives a visit from an old friend and addresses a whole range of issues including Afghanistan war, the rise of Muslim fundamentalism and global banking crisis.
In his novel, Rahman also explores problematic areas of politics and finance, which are often exiled from the pages of fiction. The novel’s impressive scope is complemented by Rahman’s ability to locate the personal in the political.
It is a novel that intertwines global finance, politics and personal relationships, and a biography that offers a portrait of working-class family life.
About James Tait Black award
• James Tait Black award is an annual literary award bestowed for literature written in the English language in UK and is the oldest literary award of UK.
• It was instituted in 1919 in memory James Tait Black. The award carries monetary prize of 10000 British pounds.
• It is given in three categories- Fiction, Biography and Drama by the University of Edinburgh in Scotland.
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Who: Zia Haider Rahman
Zia Haider Rahman
When: 19 August 2015