Dilruba Z. Ara

Dilruba Z. Ara (born 20 November 1957) is a Swedish Bangladeshi writer,[1][2][3] novelist, artist, educator and translator.[4]

Dilruba Z. Ara
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Born(1957-11-20)20 November 1957
Dhaka, Bangladesh
OccupationWriter, translator, painter, educator
LanguageEnglish, Bengali
NationalitySwedish Bangladeshi
CitizenshipSweden, Bangladesh
Alma materGothenburg University (Fil.Kand.) Lund University (B.Ed.)
Notable works
  • A List of Offences
  • Blame
  • Detached Belonging
  • Navid Aref Christensen
  • Tania Amina Christensen


Ara was born into a distinguished literary family in Bangladesh. Her father, Shahed Ali, was a Language Movement veteran, translator and Bangla Academy award-winning author of the famous Gabriel’s Wings.[5] Her mother, Professor Chemon Ara, now retired, is also an acknowledged author and Language Movement veteran.


  • First novel A List of Offences was published in 2006.[1][6]
  • Second novel Blame was published in 2015.[2][7][8]
  • Collection of stories Detached Belonging was published in 2016.[3][9]
  • Translation work Selected Short Stories by Shahed Ali was published in 2006.[4][10]


Bachelor of Education: Lund University, Sweden.

Alma Mater: Gothenburg University, Sweden.



  • A List of Offences (2006).[1]
  • Blame (2015).[2]
  • Detached Belonging (2016).[3]

Short storiesEdit

Published in Chattahoochee Review, Drunken Boat, Asia Writes, Democratic World Magazine, Swedish Institute, The Daily Star, Shipwrights Review and Vista.

Personal lifeEdit

Ara moved to Sweden in 1978 and has lived in the university town of Lund since 2007. Her son, Navid, now an architect, lives and works in Malmö. Her daughter, Tania, a student at the Royal Institute of Technology, lives in Stockholm. Ara travels to Dhaka frequently, where her mother Professor Chemon Ara still lives in their family home in Banani. Her father Shahed Ali passed away in 2001.


  1. ^ a b c Ara, Dilruba Z. (2006). A list of offences. Bangladesh: University Press Ltd. ISBN 978-1477481875.
  2. ^ a b c Ara, Dilruba Z. (2015). Blame. Bangladesh: University Press Ltd. ISBN 978-9845062336. OCLC 1001708582.
  3. ^ a b c Ara, Dilruba Z. (2016). Detached Belonging. Bangladesh: University Press Ltd. ISBN 978-9845062435. OCLC 967589139.
  4. ^ a b Ali, Shahed; Ara, Dilruba Z. (2006). Selected short stories of Shahed Ali. Bangladesh: University Press Ltd. ISBN 978-9840517626. OCLC 607247307.
  5. ^ Haque, Junaidul (28 May 2016). "Ethos behind a war". The Daily Observer.
  6. ^ Grooms, Anthony (March 2008). "A Woman's View". connection.ebscohost.com. Archived from the original on 2016-04-03. Retrieved 2018-04-11.
  7. ^ Mortuza, Shamsad (8 February 2016). "Whose blame is it anyway?". The Daily Star. Retrieved 2018-04-11.
  8. ^ Haque, Junaidul (20 May 2016). "Blame: A 1971 novel". Dhaka Tribune. Retrieved 2018-04-11.
  9. ^ Holmberg, Claes-Göran (12 August 2013). "Portraying man's vulnerability". The Daily Star. Retrieved 2018-04-11.
  10. ^ "At a glance". The Daily Star. 3 November 2007. Retrieved 2018-04-11.

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