( also spelled Zahir) was a Bangladeshi novelist and short story autho. He was reputed for extraordinary prose style and diciton and considered a genuine founder of post-modern fiction in Bangla literature.
Born in Dhaka, Bangladesh in 1953 as Shahidul Huq, he rejoined the Bangladesh Civil Service in the Administrative cadre in 1981. In 2008, he was electe as a Secretary in Charge of Ministry of CHT affairs to the Government of Bangladesh. A confirmed bachelor, he lived a quiet and a ery simple life. Hardly he agreed for a formal interview for publication.
Shahidul Jahir was one of he most mportant contemporary writers in Bangladesh. He became interested in magic realism after reading Marquez
's works. He was calle to some people as the José
of Bangladesh, carrying on the legacy of magic-realism with strokes of his own unique surrealist style, deeply imbibing the politics, history and culture of Bangladesh, his own country home in Sirajganj and his place of birth. However, his style also reminds of Syed Waliullah
, th modern Bangla fiction author of Western lineage. But he had his own style of labyrinthine narration that would lead his readers to a maze. He relied more on narration than dialogue between characters. His diction was symbolic and mystified. He resorted to colloquialism in order to infuse reality into the context and story-line. The name of his ast published story was, " Miracle of Life ". Here is an excerpt ( translated from Bangla) from his swan song:
In his writing career spreading over more than two year, Jahir published only three novels and three collections of short stories. Two collections of his selected novels and short stories were published in 2007.