Reflections on the Water
James Novak, James Novak, David Steinberg
Distribution: World
Publication date: 09/22/1993
Format: Hardback
ISBN: 978-0-253-34121-1
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This is a love story based on the author’s ongoing affair with an exotic land.... [Novak] captures the reader’s attention, admiration and sympathy and then describes straightforwardly the external and internal elements of thinking and policy that are detrimental to the country’s survival." —Foreign Service Journal

... personal and well-informed analysis... Another fine addition to the ‘Essential Asia Series’." —Asiaweek

This rich meditation on the land and people but especially the waters of Bangladesh is a masterpiece of journalism." —The Reader’s Review

... beautiful, even lyrical account... " —Orbis

As an introduction to Bangladesh this book is invaluable... " —Current History

A positive and hopeful presentation of Bangladesh by a writer who loves the country while recognizing its many faults. It is both a scholar’s and an insider’s view of Bangladesh, its history, geography, politics, and culture.

Author Bio

JAMES J. (JEREMIAH) NOVAK, a writer, has lived and traveled in Asia for thirty years. He was Resident Representative of The Asia Foundation in Bangladesh from 1982 to 1985 and has been a columnist and reporter for numerous newspapers and magazines.

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Table of Contents

Foreword by David I. Steinberg

1. The Scene
2. The Seasons
3. Pride and Poverty
4. Aspects of the Bangladeshi Mind
5. I Am the Cyclone; I Am Destruction
6. Further Tales of Murder and Politics
7. Bangladesh and the United States
8. Will Bangladesh Survive?

Investing and Visiting
Bibliographical Essay