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by Aslam Nadeem


The Wasted Vigil book. In mesmerizing prose, Nadeem Aslam reveals the complex ties-of love and desperation, pain and salvation, madness and clarity-that bind the characters.

The Wasted Vigil book. And through their stories he creates a timely and achingly intimate portrait of the continuation of wars that shapes our world.

Nadeem Aslam doesn't think so, as he proves with his astonishing new novel The Wasted Vigil, set in Afghanistan .

Nadeem Aslam doesn't think so, as he proves with his astonishing new novel The Wasted Vigil, set in Afghanistan, a country whose agonies seem endless. The great champion of underwriting as a moral obligation was Hemingway and his influence carries on through Raymond Carver (substituting suburban desperation for virile stoicism). At least one writer (Lord Dunsany, was it?) has objected to his books being described as beautifully written, saying that this is no different from an architect being told that his buildings are made of beautiful bricks. The analogy is faulty, though: beauty in literature, like humour, isn't superficial, but something that wells up from the depths.

Nadeem Aslam FRSL (born 11 July 1966 in Gujranwala, Pakistan) is a prize-winning British Pakistani novelist. His debut novel, Season of the Rainbirds, won the Betty Trask and the Author's Club First Novel Award. His critically acclaimed second novel Maps for Lost Lovers won Encore Award and Kiriyama Prize; it was shortlisted for International Dublin Literary Award, among others. Colm Tóibín described him as "one of the most exciting and serious British novelists writing now".

The Wasted Vigil by Nadeem Aslam is as impressive as books like A Fine Balance and A Thousand Splendid Suns. This is an intense and sad story of people being controlled by their circumstances.

In The Wasted Vigil, Nadeem Aslam, the award-winning author of Maps for Lost Lovers, brilliantly knits together five seemingly unconnected lives to create a luminous story set in contemporary Afghanistan. There's Marcus, an English expat who was married to an outspoken Afghani doctor; David, a former American spy; Lara, from St. Petersburg, looking for traces of her brother, a Russian soldier. Boston Globe "Extraordinary. Aslam's determination to gaze resolutely at the darkest side of our many cold and hot wars is what givesThe Wasted Vigilits depth and power.

Nadeem Aslam here discusses the book, which puts a human face on the country's recent brutal history. authors books interview fiction afghanistan war. Show more.

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When shots ring out on the Grand Trunk Road, Nargis's life begins to crumble around her. Her husband, Massud - a fellow architect - is caught in the crossfire and dies before she can confess to him her greatest secret. Nadeem Aslam is the author of three highly acclaimed novels: Season of the Rainbirds, which won a Betty Trask Award; Maps for Lost Lovers, which was a New York Times Notable Book, winner of the Kiriyama Prize, shortlisted for the IMPAC prize, and longlisted for the Booker Prize; and, most recently, The Wasted Vigil.

In mesmerizing prose, Nadeem Aslam reveals the complex ties-of love and desperation, pain and salvation, madness and clarity-that bind the characters. Her mind is a haunted house.

The early morning light is entering at a low angle from the window. She entered a room and stopped when she saw the book that had detached itself from the ceiling and fallen with the thump she had heard. The fibres of the page throw their elongated shadows across the words, so much so that they make the text difficult to read. The disturbed dust of the floor was still in movement around the book. She picked it up and, setting the candle down, wrested out the nail.

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fr0mTheSkY
It is a post 9/11 book that goes into detail about history of Afghanistan. The author does a good job of showing fictional characters during the Soviet Union's invasion of Afghanistan, Taliban's take over after Soviets were defeated, and later the American invasion of the country. The one common theme about all three periods is the non-stop violence and tragedies the main characters suffer throughout. It's hard to say which period is better when it comes to the violence.
A must read if one is interested in the recent history of Afghanistan.
Reighbyra
This is a beautifully crafted book but hard to read. Elegant descriptions of small joys, the quest for hope, for meaning, for love within the daily ordinariness of life in Afghanistan. Scoped in beguiling language, poetry that leaves you unprepared for the mundane arrival of unspeakable horror. Floating along in a river of words, absorbing the beauty and then realising too late that we have fallen somewhere we do not want to be. Landmines in life, random, injust and evil. Violence and viciousness beyond the imagination of any westerner. I will not think of Afghanistan again without these stories of hell and humanity.
Saithi
The Wasted Vigil is one of the most beautifully written books I have read in the past ten years, with striking imagery and flashing colors and complex references to the past, as far back as Homer. The fates of the main characters who live through the multiple invasions of Afghanistan, keep the reader glued to the book, but it is the writing that causes one to reread the text again. This is a novel that I could not put down, twice.
Duktilar
Nadeem Aslam writes about man's inhumanity to man with the most beautiful sentences and carefully observed images. Whenever I finish one of his books I feel as if I have been expelled from a world where I have been living. It takes him years to write a book, but each is worth waiting for.
Cesar
This is a truly remarkable book. Beautifully, almost lyrically written. I first heard about it in a review on National Public Radio, was intrigued, and immediately ordered it. I'm glad I did.

This is a strong 5-star book, and I won't be surprised if I hear that Nadeem Aslam is awarded the Pulitzer Prize for this wonderful, insight, searching book.

No need for a long review; others will write them. My recommendation is that you must read this book!
Villo
No matter what your political persuasion, this book will provide you with a new perspective on Afghanistan. Through a simple, but compelling narrative story involving characters from diverse backgrounds, The Wasted Vigil reminds us of the oft forgotten cultural and human elements of Afghan society, including their interaction with other cultures. Similar to the movie Crash, The Wasted Vigil shows the interconnectedness of all who have been involved in Afghanistan. Many of the themes developed in this book can be applied to other countries as well.
Blueshaper
The Wasted Vigil by Nadeem Aslam is as impressive as books like A Fine Balance and A Thousand Splendid Suns. It takes place in contemporary Afghanistan and links together the stories of five very different characters, all of which I loved for their own flaws and beauty. This is an intense and sad story of people being controlled by their circumstances. It's one of the best that I've read.
This was a wonderful read,from the opening chapter to the very last word I just loved it .Gives a insight into a country that is scary and fascinating at the same time,all this written around an intriguing story with believable characters .
Wasted Vigil - A Format ebook
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Aslam Nadeem
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