Edition: Hardback
ISBN: 9780571287918
No of pages: 416

Other Editions: Paperback Hardback

The Blind Man's Garden


From the author of Maps for Lost Lovers and The Wasted Vigil comes a searing, exquisitely written novel set in Pakistan and Afghanistan in the months following 9/11 - a story of war, of one family's losses and of the simplest, most enduring human impulses.

Jeo and Mikal, foster-brothers from a small Pakistani town, secretly enter Afghanistan: not to fight with the Taliban, but to help care for wounded civilians. But it soon becomes apparent that good intentions can't keep them out of harm's way ...

From the wilds of Afghanistan to the heart of the family left behind - their blind father, haunted by the death of his wife and by the mistakes he may have made in the name of Islam and nationhood; Jeo's wife, whose increasing resolve helps keep the household running, and her superstitious mother - Aslam takes us on an extraordinary journey.

In language as lyrical as it is piercing, The Blind Man's Garden unflinchingly describes a topical yet timeless world, powerfully evoking a place where the line between friend and enemy can be lost and where the desire to return home can burn brightest of all.


Categorised as: Fiction
Sub-categories: General Fiction
Places: Afghanistan; Pakistan
Genres & Themes: East vs West; Terror; Loss; War; Idealism; 9 11; Identity; Families
Awards & Prizes: Ondaatje Prize - Shortlist 2014; DSC Prize for South Asian Literature - Shortlist 2014

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