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The Wasted Vigil

by Nadeem Aslam

The Wasted Vigil
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    Sep 2008, 336 pages
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    Sep 2009, 336 pages

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Sarah Sacha Dollacker

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From the author of Maps for Lost Lovers - a lyrical and blistering novel set in post-9/11 Afghanistan

To enter Nadeem Aslam's world is to enter a darker, more perfectly rendered world than our own. Here, cemeteries are 'bone forests,' night insects have knees and elbows of 'finest wire,' memories rise 'like bruises' and the mountains ripple like 'sapphire water.' The characters that inhabit this world are also deftly drawn, and they echo familiar people and situations. Yet, they are distinctly different; each character is a stereotype unwrapped, a mysterious personality revealed. What we think we know about Aslam's characters in the beginning, we learn by the end is merely superficial.

The Wasted Vigil explores the relationship between six tragic people in Afghanistan. Marcus, Lara, David, Casa, Dunia, and James come together in Marcus's house to wait. Each is searching for something, but as the title suggests, they will ...

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