The Saint. Writer: Latiful Islam Shibli. English translation: Shahed Zaman. Publisher: Nalonda. Page: 175. Price: 300 BDT.
Story: Sex, Drugs and Rock n Roll… The three taboo words, which the downhearted American youth of sixties, seventies and eighties picked out as their shelter. In the time when America was restless with the Vietnam war and the Cold war, a young man went to San Francisco in order to study medicine. That San Francisco, which was called the capital of ‘Anti Culture’ or Hippie movement. He saw the deep chasm and bloody wounds that were created by capitalism while participating in the peace movement against the war in Vietnam with his friends. A dark politics, born out of the competition between two super powers with two different ideologies made a world citizen out of that young man. When six million hippies, with their long, tangled hair were roaming the streets of America, when in home and abroad everywhere was blazing the fires of war, he found the love of his life in Melini, an American woman with deep sense of politics and patriotism. FBI accused her of spying for Russia, and they started to run. While entering Mexico by crossing the border illegally, the boy’s life was devastated by a catastrophic event… He returned to Dhaka at the age of 70, to the romantic city which he left a long time ago, which he lovingly called the ‘City of Music’. Here he met a girl, whose personality was built by the songs of Elvis Presley, Beatles, Bob Dillan, Jimmie Hendrix, Jim Morrison, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, U-2 and Nirvana. She fell in love with that 30 years old hippie that the man once was, and then began the complications… Every place, time and history in this book is true, only the characters are fictitious.