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Blind Man’s Garden

Nadeem Aslam

The Blind Man’s Garden by Nadeem Aslam is a stunning novel from the author of The Wasted Vigil, presenting the war on terror through the lens of one family’s experience.

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Love is not consolation, it is light.’

From the author of Maps for Lost Lovers 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 city, secretly enter Afghanistan: not to fight with the Taliban, but to help and 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 for years by the death of his wife, by the mistakes he may have made in the name of Islam and nationhood, Jeo’s steadfast wife and her superstitious mother – Aslam’s prose takes us on an extraordinary journey, through war, tragedy, love and brotherhood.

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Aslam's novels inhabit a sensuous, ornate realm in which the grim realities of the modern world occassinally burst forth.

The Sunday Times
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'An eye-opening, heartbreaking novel . . . Reminded me of Conrad's Nostromo.'

Stephen King
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[Aslam is] an exceptionally gifted writer ... The Blind Man's Garden is an impressive accomplishment; a gripping and moving piece of storytelling that gets the calamitous first act in the "War on Terror" on to the page with grace, intelligence and rare authenticity.

James Lasdun, Guardian
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Once or twice a year, a book stuns me. Nadeem Aslam's fourth novel, The Blind Man's Garden, has done just that. My expectations were high: Aslam has won a clutch of prizes. But the power of this extraordinary novel is still jarring ... The poignancy is gut-wrenching ... Man Booker judges: don't miss this.

Independent on Sunday
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Aslam's painstaking writing process - he works in isolation and self-edits heavily - renders the prose breath-taking, describing sometimes beautiful, sometimes wretched landscapes. It is this hypnotic style that gives Aslam's imagined universe an other-worldly quality ... Aslam has proven himself adept at showing the struggles within Islam, particularly the tension between extremist Islam and its counterpoint, and he does so most powerfully here ... It beguiles.

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The Blind Man's Garden is most impressive in its stitching together of dramatic ironies, often under the star of sensuality and underlined by a stripe of brutality ... there is much to admire in Nadeem Aslam's new book.


Nadeem Aslam was born in Pakistan and now lives in England. He is the author of four previous novels, most recently The Blind Man’s Garden. His work has been longlisted for the Booker Prize, shortlisted for the IMPAC Prize and the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature, and won the Kiriyama and Windham Campbell prizes and the Lannan and Encore…

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