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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