Book Review of ‘Ocean of Melancholy: The Tragedy that was Karbala‘ by Mir Mosharraf Hossain
This would be the first time that I read a book on Islamism. I guess it turned out to be a good choice. Ocean of Melancholy is originally written in Bengali as Bishadh Sindhu by Mir Mosharraf Hossain and translated by Alo Shome.
The story is a retelling of the unfortunate killings of Prophet Mohammad’s grandson Hassan, who was poisoned by his second wife and, Hussain Who was deceitfully lured to Karbala and was killed. These horrific events took place around AD 680. Today people all over the world mark it a day of Moharram.
Opening Lines: Mir Mosharraf Hossain was born in 1847 to the zamindar of Padamdi, Mir Muazzam Hossain.
Page count: 208 pages
Publisher: Niyogi Books
Publication Date: August 16th, 2018
Ocean of Melancholy is narrated in a very lyrical manner. From the word go, you would be hooked to it. Author Alo Shome did very thorough research before putting together the book.
Every chapter and every word had a very deep impact on me. I could sense a certain mysticism in the retelling. The book shook me on a very deep level, at some places I was in Tears.
Ocean of Melancholy is a very short read, but I took my time reading it. I wanted to devour it slowly, tasting every morsel.
Do I recommend it?
My Rating: 5/5 stars
About the Author
Mir Mosharraf Hossain
Born: November 13, 1847, in Lahinipara, Kushtia, Bangladesh
Died: January 01, 1912
Mir Mosharraf Hossain (Bangla: মীর মশাররফ হোসেন) was a Bengali language novelist, playwright, and essayist in 19th century Bengal. He is principally known for his famous novel Bishad Sindhu. He is considered as the first novelist to emerge from the Muslim society of Bengal.
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