The Wasted Vigil - Nadeem Aslam

Set in post-9/11 Afghanistan, The Wasted Vigil (Knopf, $25) is a powerful novel of the loss of and search for loved ones. A Russian woman comes to Usha to look for her brother, a Soviet soldier. She stays with Marcus, a British doctor, convert to Islam, and lifelong resident of Afghanistan. His Muslim wife and daughter dead, he hunts for his missing grandson, as does David, a former CIA operative who was briefly involved with Marcus’s daughter. What these characters find is Afghanistan’s brutal recent history and its rich ancient culture. In often stunningly beautiful language, Nadeem Aslam tells the stories of these survivors, the pain they’ve experienced, witnessed, and sometimes inflicted, and the ongoing bloodshed in a land torn between rival warlords, the Taliban, and Western armies. As he did for the complex British Pakistani community in Maps for Lost Lovers, Aslam brings to life a wide range of characters, dramatizing conflicting views of religion, nationalism, and devotion.

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ISBN: 9780307388742
Availability: Special Order—Subject to Availability
Published: Vintage - September 8th, 2009

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