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The wasted vigil

Author: Nadeem Aslam
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2008.
Edition/Format:   Book : Fiction : English : 1st U.S. edView all editions and formats
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Tells 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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Fiction
Material Type: Fiction, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Nadeem Aslam
ISBN: 9780307268426 030726842X
OCLC Number: 225847076
Description: 319 p. ; 25 cm.
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.
Responsibility: Nadeem Aslam.
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Tells 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.

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Flowers of pain

by madjohn (WorldCat user published 2008-11-20) Very Good Permalink

Aslam weaves together the interlocking stories of a group of Westerners and Afghanis in a corner of rural Afghanistan.  Their stories ccontain much beauty, but also pain, suffering, misunderstanding, and cycles of recurring misery and revenge.

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