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In the Light of What We Know

by Zia Haider Rahman

In the Light of What We Know by Zia Haider Rahman
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  • First Published:
    Apr 2014, 512 pages
    Paperback:
    Feb 2015, 512 pages

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In the Light of What We Know is a bold debut novel set during the war and financial crisis that defined the beginning of the 21st century.

The timing could not have been better. It is the fall of 2008; the world markets are just about to go into freefall, and the unnamed narrator of the sprawling novel, In the Light of What We Know, is getting ready to be "tied to the stake to satisfy the public's lust for blood." A derivatives trader and junior partner in his firm, he is only too relieved by the distraction that presents itself at his door - Zafar, a long-lost friend and fellow banker. From the very outset, it is apparent that Zafar is haunted. A human being fleeing ghosts while chasing shadows. This is how the narrator describes his friend.

Exactly what are these ghosts and shadows that preoccupy Zafar? Over the course of more than 400 pages, in what amounts to the metaphorical equivalent of one endless session on the couch, Zafar tries to exorcise the demons that have haunted him for so long. Arguably the biggest...

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