Bangladeshi author Humayun Ahmed, arguably one of his country’s most popular writers and dramatists in recent decades, has died at the age of 63. He had been suffering from colorectal cancer, and died at New York’s Bellevue Hospital.
Having originally studied chemistry, Ahmed subsequently found success as a writer for television. His writing style was considered by many readers to be refreshingly direct, as he employed a simple literary diction that focused on dialogue rather than narration. His novels became popular across the country, earning him a number of awards.
Another common feature of Ahmed’s works was his blending of realism with supernatural elements. A number of his novels were translated into English, including 1971: A Novel (1993) and Gouripur Junction (2007).