Maps for Lost Lovers by Nadeem Aslam

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If Gabriel García Márquez had chosen to write about Pakistani immigrants in England, he might have produced a novel as beautiful and devastating as Maps for Lost Lovers. Jugnu and Chanda have disappeared. Like thousands of people all over Enland, they were lovers and living together out of wedlock. To Chanda’s family, however, the disgrace was unforgivable. Perhaps enough so as to warrant murder.As he explores the disappearance and its aftermath through the eyes of Jugnu’s worldly older brother, Shamas, and his devout wife, Kaukab, Nadeem Aslam creates a closely observed and affecting portrait of people whose traditions threaten to bury them alive. The result is a tour de force, intimate, affecting, tragic and suspenseful.
 

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Nadeem Aslam is the author of three highly acclaimed novels: Season of the Rainbirds, which won a Betty Trask Award and was long-listed for the Man Booker Prize; Maps for Lost Lovers, winner of the Kiriyama Prize, short-listed for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, long-listed for the Man Booker Prize, and named a New York Times Notable Book; and, most recently, The Wasted Vigil, short-listed for the Prix Femina Étranger and the Prix Médicis Étranger. He is also the recipient of a Lannan Literary Fellowship. In 2012 he was made a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.
 
Published December 18, 2007 by Vintage. 402 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Thus does Aslam’s lovely title embrace not only the ill-fated couple and Kaukab and Shamas, but also the latter couple’s three adult children: notably, their daughter Suraya, divorced in an irrational moment by her drunken husband, and disallowed from reuniting with him, without first marrying, t...

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Aslam's real talent is on display when he ventures into his characters' minds, showing the nuances of their struggles to hold onto God and describing their battles to escape what Joseph Conrad called ''the exile of utter unbelief.'' Chanda's parents are effective vehicles for this exploration...

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Maps for Lost Lovers by Nadeem Aslam 496pp, Faber, £16.99 In the opening paragraph of Maps for Lost Lovers, Nadeem Aslam writes: "The snow storm has rinsed the air of incense...

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Maps for Lost Lovers by Nadeem Aslam Faber £16.99, pp369 Nadeem Aslam's first novel, Season of the Rainbirds, was published in 1993.

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Far from connoting the pastoral splendour suggested by Aslam’s painstaking, bucolic descriptions of theTo see the full article you need to subscribeThe Department of Energy & Climate Change - England - CompetitiveDepartment of Health - UK - CompetitiveDepartment of Health - UK - Salary - £63,000 ...

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