Noon by Aatish Taseer
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Rehan Tabassum has grown up in a world of privilege in Delhi. His mother and her new husband embody the dazzling emergent India everyone is talking about. His real father, however, is a virtual stranger to him: a Pakistani Muslim who lives across the border and owns a vast telecommunications empire called Qasimic Call.


As Rehan contemplates his future, he finds himself becoming unmoored. Leaving the familiarity of home for Pakistan in an attempt to get closer to his father, he is drawn into events he barely understands. His half brother, Isffy, is being blackmailed; his powerful father's entourage is tearing itself apart; and the city of Port Bin Qasim, where he finds himself, is filled with rioting protestors. Moral danger lurks in every corner of this dark, shifting, and unfamiliar world.


Set against the background of a turbulent Pakistan and a rapidly changing India, Noon is a startling and powerfully charged novel from a brilliant young writer. Aatish Taseer bears witness to some of the most urgent questions of our times, questions about nationhood and violence, family and identity.

 

About Aatish Taseer

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Aatish Taseer is the author of two novels, The Temple-Goers and Noon, and a translation. He has worked as a reporter for Time magazine, and has written for The Sunday Times, the Financial Times, and Esquire. His work has been translated into more than a dozen languages, and he lives in London and Delhi.
 
Published September 13, 2011 by Faber & Faber. 304 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Taseer devotes a long chapter to a dinner party in which we see how Rehan’s stepfather is preoccupied, perhaps even obsessed, with notions of class and privilege.

Aug 15 2011 | Read Full Review of Noon: A Novel

Publishers Weekly

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Readers of Taseer's memoir, Stranger to History: A Son's Journey Through Islamic Lands, or his previous novel, The Temple-Goers, may be disappointed to find a shocking amount of retread in his latest.

Jul 04 2011 | Read Full Review of Noon: A Novel

The New York Times

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A young protagonist is caught between the worlds of India and Pakistan.

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The Guardian

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NPR

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Novelists Aatish Taseer and Naomi Benaron portray life amid sectarian violence in Pakistan and Rwanda, respectively, while Glenn Carle reflects on being a CIA interrogator, novelist Jonathan Lethem explores his influences, and David Bellos probes translation's complexity.

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Star Tribune

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Sophisticated and beautifully wrought, this story of a young Pakistani man's coming of age is also wise and powerful.

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The Bookbag

In the third episode a theft occurs while Rehan is in one of their Indian houses and the chapter explores how Rehan's initial ideas of fair play are eroded by the police's treatment of the suspected servants.

Jul 08 2011 | Read Full Review of Noon: A Novel

BookRack

The shadowy Sahil appears to be an intentional characterisation, possibly mirroring real-life, but inexplicably the primary protagonist Rehan, too, remains a peripheral figure.

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IBN Live

'Noon' is the story of Rehan Tabassum and his discovery of an India he is not familiar and comfortable with and a Pakistan he did not know.

Sep 13 2011 | Read Full Review of Noon: A Novel

Asian Review of Books

... Write what you know” is an oft-touted writing maxim that could apply to Aatish
Taseer's work, three books – two novels and one memoir – in ...

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Mumbai Boss

Then we remembered Noon, by Shahbaz Taseer’s half-brother Aatish, and wondered whether Shahbaz was the inspiration for the character named Isphandiyar Tabassum.

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