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Anam, Tahmima

Entry updated 25 October 2021. Tagged: Author.

(1975-    ) Bangladeshi-born author, variously in France and elsewhere from childhood, in UK from about 2010. Her fiction, beginning with A Golden Age (2007), has been sharply topical, without any extraction of topoi from the fantastic. Her fourth novel, The Startup Wife (2021), set in the very Near Future water margins of Fantastika, traces the interweaving consequences of a married couple's ambitious projects: an attempt to import "empathy" into AIs; and an attempt to create packagable ceremonies of secular life to keep deracinated urban folk sane. The co-opting of these initiatives by a New York corporation called Utopia, which is involved in Media-Landscaping through surveillance apps, may generate a sense in the reader that The Startup Wife is reportage just before the fact. [JC]

Tahmima Anam

born Dhaka, Bangladesh: 8 October 1974

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