Syed Manzoorul Islam (born January 18, 1951) is a Bangladeshi academic, writer, novelist, translator, columnist, and critic. He was born in the city of Sylhet to Syed Amirul Islam and Rabeya Khatun.He is a professor of English at the University of Dhaka. He has published several collections of short stories and several novels from Dhaka and Kolkata. His works of fiction have been highly praised for their surrealistic, magic realistic and post-modernistic nature.
As a literary critic, Islam has written substantive criticism on writers including Michael Madhusudan Dutt, Kazi Nazrul Islam, Sudhindranath Dutta, Samar Sen, and Shamsur Rahman. He received a Bangla Academy Award in 1996, and his 2005 short stories collection Prem o Prarthanar Galpo was Prothom Alo’s book of the year.
Syed Manzoorul Islam passed the entrance examination from Sylhet Government Pilot High School in 1966 and Intermediate examination from Sylhet MC College in 1968. He received his graduate and post-graduate degree from University of Dhaka respectively in 1971 and 1972. Later he went to Canada and there he garnered a PhD from Queen’s University, Kingston in 1981. In 1989, he went to the University of Southern Mississippi at Hattiesburg, USA as a Fulbright Scholar and taught a semester there.
Islam used to write from his childhood. While reading in class six, he published his writing in a magazine, Shikkhok Samachar. During his university days as a student, his friend’s father fell sick and died in pain. This emotionally affected Islam and led him to write his first story, “Bishal Mrittu” in 1973. It received a positive response; but he abstained from publishing anything during his days in Canada. On his return to Bangladesh, he returned to writing and began contributing a regular column “Olosh Diner Hawa” in the literary section of the Dainik Sangbad. He wrote on issues including art and literature. In 1989, Islam started writing for the magazine Bichinta, which published many of his post-modern stories.