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Taslima Nasrin is an eminent writer and secular humanist who has been subjected to forced banishm... Read More

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Taslima Nasrin is an eminent writer and secular humanist who has been subjected to forced banishment and multiple fatwas. Her writings have been deemed controversial time and again because of their unflinching preoccupation with gender and communal politics. She has been living in exile since 1994.Taslima Nasrin is known for her powerful writing on women's rights and uncompromising criticism of religious fundamentalism. This defiance on her part had led to the ban on the Bengali original of this book by the Left Front in West Bengal as well as the Government of Bangladesh in 2003. While the West Bengal government lifted the injunction after the ban was struck down by the Calcutta High Court in 2005, Nasrin was eventually driven out of Kolkata and forced to expunge passages from the book, besides facing a four-million-dollar defamation lawsuit. Bold and evocative, Split: A Life opens a window to the experiences and works of one of the bravest writers of our times.What shines through the book written more than 15 years ago is the immense anger Nasrin feels. Not just at her plight, but her anger over the treatment of women and minorities, at mis-portrayals by the media, at political compromises of leadersIn its materiality it asserts the power of the printed word and the reaction it triggers in those who fear the wordSplit - banned when it was first published in Bengali in 2003 - goes into every little minutiae that made up her tumultuous days in and out of her motherland

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