“In this absorbing first book of stories, Salahdin Imam displays a profound imagination, one schooled by a life that has taken him across the globe, from elite educational institutions to battlefields to the world’s powerful banks. His stories effortlessly inhabit the lives and probe the secret motivations of men and women of all classes and backgrounds, characters placed by fate in difficult, and often dangerous situations. With clear-sighted compassion his wonderfully varied hard-hitting stories explore the vagaries of the human heart, how unexpected its turns, how inconsistent its reasoning, how self-contradictory and cruel it is sometimes, and how capable of strengthening itself and triumphing despite everything.”
With parents in the Diplomatic service Salahdin Imam (Sal) was raised all over the world. Educated primarily at Shrewsbury School, England and Harvard College '70 (not to mention Woodstock '69) he returned to Bangladesh just in time for the build-up to the Liberation War, in which he was privileged to play a small role both in the field of battle and later in the accompanying public relations struggle for independence. Subsequently he went on to become an international banker, first in Bangladesh and then assignments took him to the Middle East and Europe, ending with a stint of nearly ten years in Paris, which allowed him to polish his French. He returned to Bangladesh in 1995 and has been immersed since then in the business and cultural life of the country.