Voices by Munize Manzur
Voices is an amazing collection of a bucket full of philosophically dark short stories written by Munize Munir. Voices narrates voices of many different characters be they human or some just culinary pot and kettle. There are twenty-seven short stories in this collection. Each of the stories is experimental in its own way and makes the reader interested to read other stories as well from the collection.
In the Preface of the book, Dr Fakrul Alam says about Munize Munir’s book Voices that “Reader will find her work as exciting, varied and original. […] The twenty seven prose pieces she has collected in Voices revealed to me a confident and sharp-eyed observer of the world around us.” And Syed Manzoorul Islam, the renowned fiction writer, says that Munize Manzur “knows how to weave a story from different strands of narratives. I admire her projection of everyday reality and the conflicts that deny the life.”
While reading “From Zero Pint” the readers get stuck in the moment when two suicide attempters accuse each other for spoiling the moment of suicide. “Dark Project” shows a sober argument between a pot and a kettle about their importance in the family. “Taxiing” projects the confinement of a woman who is stuck in a marriage. In the story “Step by Step” the readers find a woman who tells how she has been managing the first five years as a single and giving voice to her tiredness and hope and stability.
Manzur’s stories like those of Hemingway’s short stories express much more than the words say. The stories are full of insight and inner unexpressed voice which seem to get a path through Manzur’s to be vent out in the outer world. Modern readers who are living in this world of darkness, war, chaos and confusion would sure be able to relate to the voices depicted in this book.
Here are stories told with verve and vitality, with vim and vigour. They range from the politics of furniture selling to the problems of filial love, from the etiquette of saris to the consequences of silence. Sometimes, magically, inanimate objects are given voice. Some tales are short – both tense and terse – recalling the masterly concisions of Lydia Davis,while others breathe more easily, charting love in all its dimensions and complications, from forbidden desire to desperate longing but constantly with a love of language and the true engagements of story.