Akhtaruzzaman Elias was born in February 16, 1943 in Gaibandha District, Bangladesh. He wrote only two novels, critics place Elias in the pantheon of great Bengali novelists. Elias’ insight into the subtle nuances of human character, his use of physical and psychological detail, his keen sense of wit and humour, his sarcastic treatment of hypocrisy, his critical knowledge of history and politics and its objective, aesthetic articulation in the novels and short stories have earned for him a classic stature in bangla literature.
Chilekothar Sepai by Akhtaruzzaman Elias is a details the psychological journey of a man during the turbulent period just prior to Bangladeshi independence in 1971. This novel also contains what is arguably the most authentic description of life in Puran Dhaka, the old and distinctive part of Dhaka.It is worthy to mention that Chilekothar Sepai evolves from the time before the liberation – when the upsurge of the mass movement raged through the whole Bangali nation.
Another one is Khoabnama, which depicts the socio-political scene in rural pre-partition Bangladesh. Khoabnama is a novel about real history – history of the time of ‘Tebhaga’ that tormented and elevated the revolutionary Bangali nation during the second half of the forties of the twentieth century.
Dojokher Om and Dudhbhate Utpat are Akhtaruzzaman Elias s two Short story collections.
Akhtaruzzaman Elias is the recipient of Bangla Academy Award, Ekushey Padak, Ananda Puraskar etc. He died in January 4, 1997.