The Mercenary, a Novel (Translated novel - 2016)

Library of Bangladesh Presents

Moinul Ahsan Saber

The Mercenary, a Novel

Translated By Shabnam Nadiya

Edited By Arunava Sinha


Publishing Year 2016

Published by ULAB Press.

ULAB Press, formerly known as Bengal Lights Books (BLB), is the publishing imprint of ULAB.



Moinul Ahsan Saber’s novel tells the story of Kobej Lethel, a ruthless soldier of fortune in the employ of a corrupt village chief, who must confront his own conscience when his employer sides with the Pakistan army in carrying out unspeakable atrocities during Bangladesh’s War of Independence. His transformation is not permanent, however, and at the end of the war, Kobej finds himself slipping back into his old ways.



Moinul Ahsan Saber is one of Bangladesh’s leading fiction writers, with a literary career spanning over three decades. Saber studied Sociology at the University of Dhaka and was the editor of the popular weekly magazine, Shaptahik 2000, before turning to writing full time in recent years. He first came into the limelight following the publication of his debut collection of short stories, Porasto Sahish, in 1982. Since then, he has written numerous novels and stories, including those for children. Saber’s work has received, among others, the Philips Literary Award, Bapi Shahriar Children’s Award, Humayun Qadir Literature Award, BRAC Bank Samakal Shahitya Puroshkar and Bangla Academy Shahitya Puroshkar.