In the Light of What We Know (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2014) was published to international critical acclaim and won the prestigious James Tait Black Memorial Prize, Britain’s oldest literary prize, previous winners of which include Evelyn Waugh, Nadine Gordimer, Salman Rushdie and Cormac McCarthy. The novel won, or was shortlisted or longlisted for many other prizes. It was included in numerous end-of-year lists of best books and has been translated into many languages.
Zia Haider Rahman is the Walter Jackson Bate Fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University; a Fellow at New America, Washington, D.C.; a Senior Fellow at the Kreisky Forum, Vienna; and has been appointed a 2018 Director’s Visitor at the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton. He is a Visiting Professor in the low residency MFA program in Fiction and Non-Fiction at Southern New Hampshire University and his writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Guardian, and elsewhere.
Born in rural Bangladesh, he grew up in London, first in a squat, then on a council estate (social housing), and was educated at Oxford (Balliol College), Cambridge, Munich and Yale universities.