Author of more than 60 books, Hoque also writes poetry, television and film scripts, and a newspaper column. His novels include Aetodin Kothai Chhilen [Where Have You Been] (2009), which won the Citi Bank-Anando Alo Award for Best Novel; Maa [Mother] (2003); Andhokarer Aeksho Bachhor [One Hundred Years of Darkness] (1993) and others. He has written for many television dramas and four feature-length films, receiving awards as a fiction writer and playwright. Trained as a civil engineer, Hoque is now the Associate editor of the daily Prothom Alo.
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