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The Wasted Vigilby Nadeem Aslam
Synopses & Reviews
The author of Maps for Lost Lovers gives us a new novel—at once lyrical and blistering—about war in our time, told through the lives of five people who come together in post-9/11 Afghanistan.
Marcus, an English doctor whose progressive, outspoken Afghani wife was murdered by the Taliban, opens his home—itself an eerily beautiful monument to his losses—to the others: Lara, from St. Petersburg, looking for evidence of her soldier brother who disappeared decades before during the Soviet invasion; David, an American, a former spy who has seen his ideals turned inside out during his twenty-five years in Afghanistan; Casa, a young Afghani whose hatred of the West plunges him into the depths of zealotry; and James, the Special Forces soldier in whom David sees a dangerous revival of the unquestioning notions of right and wrong that he himself once held.
In mesmerizing prose, Nadeem Aslam reveals the complex ties—of love and desperation, pain and salvation, madness and clarity—that bind the characters. And through their stories he creates a timely and achingly intimate portrait of the “continuation of wars” that shapes our world.
In its radiant language, its depth of feeling, and its unflinching drama, The Wasted Vigil is a luminous work of fiction.
Marcus, an elderly doctor mourning the death of his Afghani wife and searching for his missing daughter and grandson, opens his home in Afghanistan to different houseguests with clashing ideologies and dangerous ambitions.
Lara, en ung russisk kvinde, søger i Afghanistan nyt om sin broder, som deltog i den sovjetiske invasion i 1979 og siden forsvandt. Omkring Lara grupperer sig en række mennesker, der alle har en historie at fortælle om sorg og lidelse i et plaget land.
About the Author
Nadeem Aslam is the author of Maps for Lost Lovers, which received the 2005 Kiriyama Prize, and Season of the Rainbirds. He was born in Pakistan and now lives in England.
From the Trade Paperback edition.
Table of Contents
Book one: The great Buddha — Building the new — Out of separations — Night letter — Street of storytellers — Book two: Casabianca — The silent flutes — The caliphate of New York — The wasted vigil — All names are my names.
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