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Mahmud Rahman

Mahmud Rahman is a writer and translator resident in the Bay Area. His book Killing the Water was published in 2010 and includes stories of migrants and dislocated people, in Bengal, Boston, Detroit, Providence, and imagined territories.
1972 Late on a January morning you arrive at Heathrow after a long series of flights. It had been daytime when you left Calcutta. This is the second time you’ve been in the air. You’re planning to stop in London for a couple of days, then fly on to Boston. Your final destination is Tulsa, Oklahoma, where you will start college. You hand over your traveling papers. Instead of a passport, you carry an Identity Certificate issued...