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The wasted vigil

Author: Nadeem Aslam
Publisher: London : Faber, 2008.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This 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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Domestic fiction
Fiction
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Nadeem Aslam
ISBN: 9780571238774 0571238777 0571238785 9780571238781
OCLC Number: 230989854
Description: 372 pages ; 24 cm
Responsibility: Nadeem Aslam.

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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'  Read more...

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