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Eminent author Qazi Anwar passes away

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 20 January, 2022 12:00 AM
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Eminent author Qazi Anwar passes away

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Celebrated author and publisher Qazi Anwar Hussain passed away at a hospital in the capital on Wednesday. He was 85.

The writer of spy thrillers, detective fictions and adventure novels, and creator of beloved international espionage agent Masud Rana breathed his last at 4:40pm while undergoing treatment at BIRDEM General Hospital in Dhaka.

He suffered a brain stroke and heart attack. He was on life support since January 10.

Earlier in October last year, Hussain, who also founded Seba Prokashoni, was diagnosed with prostate cancer and consequently was hospitalised for five times.

After completing post-graduation in Bengali language and literature from the University of Dhaka, he established Sheba Prokashoni in 1960 and became one of the prominent publishing figures of Bangla literature.

Seba Prokashoni opened new horizons for paperback book publishing in Bangladesh. This publication house has offered readers the translations of all the famous novels of world literature at low cost.

As the head of Seba Prokashoni, he created a spy character named ‘Masud Rana’ in the mid-sixties. Earlier, another popular character named ‘Kuasha’ was born through his hands.

In 1966, Kazi Anwar Hussain published Masud Rana’s first book ‘Dhongsho Pahar’ (Destruction Hill) under the pseudonym Bidyut Mitra. The book gained immense popularity.

After that Masud Rana became an icon for the younger generation of readers. Over 450 books have been published in this series for more than half a century.

Apart from ‘Bidyut Mitra’, Hussain also wrote books under the pseudonyms ‘Shamsuddin Nawab’.

He also received the Bachsas Award as the Best Screenplay writer and Dialogue Writer in 1984. He also received Cinema Magazine Award and Zahir Raihan Film Award.

Hussain never pursued any professional training in music, but he regularly performed at Bangladesh Betar and was popular among his listeners.

His father Qazi Motahar Husain was a scientist, writer, and national professor. Renowned cultural personality Sanjida Khatun is his elder sister.

According to his family sources, Anwar Hussain’s body will be taken to his Segunbagicha residence today in the morning. After Zohr prayers, in line with his last wish, he will be laid to rest at Banani Graveyard in his mother’s grave.