Reflections on the Water
James J. Novak
Foreword by David I. Steinberg
Distribution: World
Publication date: 9/1/1993
Format: cloth 0 pages
6.125 x 9.25
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