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Safia Fazlul

Safia Fazlul, photograph by Val Lem

Safia Fazlul was raised in Scandinavia but now lives in Toronto where she attended the University of Toronto.  Her background is Bangladeshi. Fazlul works in the financial services industry and is writing a second novel.
Book cover of The Harem


The Harem

Toronto: TSAR Publications, 2012.
PS8611 .A98 H37 2012

Publisher’s Synopsis

Farina has only one dream: to be free and move away from Peckville, a Muslim immigrant ghetto in a large city.  She is eager to escape the clutches of here strict parents who will not let her drink, party or be friendly with men.  As soon as she turns eighteen, she sets her dream in motion and gets her own apartment.  The only problem is that her minimum-wage job leaves her feeling anything but liberated.  How can she resist when her ambitious best friend Sabrina proposes an infallible business idea?  How harmful can running an escort agency really be?  Will she finally be freed by her new wealth and independence, or will her nagging guilt get the better of her?

Selected Criticism and Interpretation

Chilana, Rajwant Singh. “Safia Fazlul.” In South Asian Writers in Canada: A Bio-Bibliographical Study. Surrey, BC: Asian Publications, 2017, 269-270.
Z1376 .S68 C45 2017


Publisher Mawenzi House Publishers (formerly TSAR Publications)