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Wasted Vigil (Paperback)

Author:  Nadeem Aslam
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 0307388743
ISBN-13: 9780307388742
Sku: 211282241
Publish Date: 9/8/2009
Pages:  319
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From the author of "Maps for Lost Lovers" comes a new novel--at once lyrical and blistering--about war in modern times, told through the lives of five people who come together in post-9/11 Afghanistan.
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Nadeem Aslam's new novel takes place in modern-day Afghanistan. A Russian woman named Lara arrives at the house of Marcus Caldwell, an Englishman and widower living in an old perfume factory in the shadow of the Tora Bora mountains. It is possible that Marcus's daughter, Zameen, may have known Lara's brother, a Soviet soldier who disappeared in the area many years previously. But like Marcus's wife, Zameen is dead, a victim of the age in which she was born. In the days that follow, further people will arrive at the house: David Town and James Palantine, two Americans who have spent much of their adult lives in the area, for their respective reasons; Dunia, a young Afghan teacher; and Casa, a radicalised young man intent on his own path. The stories and histories that unfold, interweaving and overlapping, and spanning nearly a quarter of a century, tell of the terrible afflictions that have plagued Afghanistan.
In THE WASTED VIGIL, Pakistani novelist Nadeem Asleem brings together a motley crew of characters in the strange house of Marcus, a one-handed British man living in Afghanistan. The cruelty of Afghanistan's history and the brutal influence of the Taliban are vividly evoked in the novel, which features landmines disguised as children's toys, public decapitations, and a woman beaten for letting her feet point towards Mecca. Amid this surreal landscape of orthodoxy, the diverse cast gathers, seeking balm for their trauma, and human companionship in a harsh land.


"Unafraid of political complexity, [Nadeem Aslam] is also unflinching in his examination of depravity--of torture, rape and gore. Yet his writing also encompasses tenderness." - Lorraine Adams 10/12/2008
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Product attributeBook Format:   Paperback
Product attributeNumber of Pages:   0319
Product attributePublisher:   Vintage Books USA
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