I Remember Abbu

I Remember Abbu

A touching story of war, family, innocence, and memory from one of the top Bengali writers of all time. For the first time translated into English.

Bangladesh, 1971: the war of independence from Pakistan has torn through peaceful villages and turned life upside down. In the midst of war, one young girl holds on as she discovers the world’s unpredictability. During her father’s prolonged absence, she reminisces about the essence of her abbu, an esteemed professor, loving community leader, and now unexpected warrior.

She is moved by his quiet determination to preserve Bengali language and culture in a struggle for autonomy. In his diaries, her abbu describes the painful decisions he must make because of the threat of war, from embracing the brutality of taking up arms to the struggle of moving his family from the embattled city of Dhaka.

Amid the tragedy is the unbroken bond between a father and daughter, which makes this powerful and historically faithful portrait of a family surviving the worst in the fight for independence all the more stirring.

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    I Remember Abbu Reviews

  • Reading_ Tam_ Ishly

    This book is written well, written from the perspective of a young girl trying to remember her father during the times of the past when she was even able to start speaking barely as a toddler. The fir...

  • Rodoreads

    I'm from Bangladesh and I always had a hard time reading Bangla. So I usually stick with English books. Every now and then my dad would bring me translated books; from Bengali to English so that I can...

  • Ylenia

    3.5 ⭐Such an heartbreaking story. I reread the foreword after having reached the end & nearly cried.It also felt good to educate myself on the history of Bangladesh. I didn't quite click with the wr...

  • Shamima Liza

    One of my childhood's most favourite book. Such brilliant soft & simple writing. My copy also had illustrations. I could get drown into that book & it always took me away to some other world.The book ...

  • Rebecca

    I loved the child's narrative. The story is so heartfelt and beautiful. I was not aware of the history of Bangladesh. I felt that I was experiencing the events along with the narrator. This book is sh...

  • Ming

    This is a children's book that features an infant who later becomes a toddler. The child misses "Abbu," father. It's a sweet and affecting story...with an innocence and wide-eyed wonder. The curiosity...

  • OjoAusana

    Just not my cup of teaWasnt like bad, but was very repetitive for how short the book was, could have been a translation thing tho, also could have been the writing style. Story was interesting and tol...

  • Anupama C K(b0rn_2_read)

    3.5 stars ...

  • Pallavi Bichu

    This is a book that clearly reads better in Bengali. As an English novella, however, it reads jarringly, the narrator repeating sentences over and over, apparently as children do. The parts where the ...

  • Rahin Ahasan

    You should read this book at least once in your life if you love your father....