The Golden Legend: A novel

By | November 18, 2017
The Golden Legend: A novel Author Nadeem Aslam
ISBN-10 0451493788
ISBN-13 9780451493781
Year 2017-04-18
Pages 336
Language English
Publisher Knopf
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A brave timely searingly beautiful novel from the acclaimed author of The Blind Man s Garden set in contemporary Pakistan the story of a Muslim widow and her Christian neighbors whose community is consumed by violent religious intolerance 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 cross fire and dies before she can confess her greatest secret to him Now under threat from a powerful military intelligence officer who demands that she pardon her husband s American killer Nargis fears that the truth about her past will soon be exposed For weeks someone has been broadcasting people s secrets from the minaret of the local mosque and in a country where even the accusation of blasphemy is a currency to be bartered the mysterious broadcasts have struck fear in Christians and Muslims alike When the loudspeakers reveal a forbidden romance between a Muslim cleric s daughter and Nargis s Christian neighbor Nargis finds herself trapped in the center of the chaos tearing their community apart In his characteristically luminous prose Nadeem Aslam has given us a lionhearted novel that reflects Pakistan s past and present in a single mirror a story of corruption resilience and the disguises that are sometimes necessary for survival a revelatory portrait of the human spirit

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