The self-hating Brit. To grasp fully the unhinged quality of Zia Haider Rahman’s egotistic rant, apparently taken at face value by the New York Times, it helps to know that he description of himself against which he rails so much, beginning “Born in rural Bangladesh…” is taken verbatim from the short biography in his own press kit, and reprinted on the cover of his first novel:

The announcement of the panel, which included Peter Stothard, the editor of The Times Literary Supplement, described me thus: “Born in rural Bangladesh, Zia Haider Rahman was educated at Balliol College, Oxford, and at Cambridge, Munich and Yale Universities. He has worked as an investment banker on Wall Street and as an international human rights lawyer.”


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