War, Trauma and the Question of Identity in Tahmima Anam’s A Golden Age
Death is not the only severe casualty that war brings to the population instead it is capable of inflicting many more horrors which are often worse than death. Life of a civilian in a nation which is economically and socially devastated by perennial war and violence is intimidating. Survivors become the real victims in any conflict as it leaves in them lifelong suffering. The physical as well as the psychological wounds caused by war always remain alive reminding them of the horrors they have undergone during the time of violence.
War changes the fate of a nation along with that of its subjects often bringing unexpected turning points and impossible choices to them. The subjects who are left bewildered in a nation at war are by no means mere passive sufferers of the catastrophe that befell them. Instead they act in multitude of ways to escape from their traumatic existence. The darkest moments of war often force the subjects to unveil their true nature and strength and then definitely attempts will be made from their side to stamp their identity and reclaim their disintegrating land. In the novel A Golden Age Tahmima Anam familiarizes a few such fictional subjects who struggle in their own ways to get along with the life and establish their identity in a rampageous nation. In A Golden Age the history of 1971 War of Bangladesh Independence gets revealed through the personal story of the Haque family. The history of Bangladesh’s Liberation War is involved with
the incomparable human struggle, brutal genocide, racial existence of Bengalis during war and their urge for ultimate freedom. Anam’s novel is an attempt to deal with these issues.
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