Nadeem Zaman was born in Bangladesh and grew up there and in Chicago. His fiction has appeared in numerous journals worldwide. His forthcoming works are a novel In the Time of the Others (July 2018, Picador) and the story collection Days and Nights in the City (November 2018, Bengali Lights Books).
He’s been writing since his age was in the single digits. Short stories are his love and his work has been published in journals such as Roanoke Review, East Bay Review, Open Road Review, The Dhaka Tribune, and his non-fiction has been featured on Salon.com.
Q: What is the first book you remember reading, or being read to as a child?
A: I don’t recall a first book as much as I remember the books I loved reading. Among them were Satyajit Ray’s Bengali detective novels, Agatha Christie’s books, and Sherlock Holmes. How I didn’t become a crime fiction writer is a…mystery.
Q: What is the least interesting part of writing for you?
A: Endings. Beginnings are magical, exciting, and energizing. Endings are portentous, only because the line between a good one and a completely unbelievable one can be so thin.
Q: If you could teleport yourself anywhere, real or fictional, where would it be and why?
A: 17th century Bengal, the last century it was thriving before colonial destruction; the Harlem Renaissance.