Subtle and haunting, Noon is the story of Rehan Tabassum, a young man who has seen a childhood of uncertainty, and whose vulnerability has rendered him a gaze so keen that it divines easily the shifts around him: his mother and her new husband, the emergence of a dazzling new India, the retreat of the old, muted order of dust and shortages, and the swell of a suppressed people.
In this uncompromising yet unexpectedly tender third book, Aatish Taseer maps a difficult period in India and Pakistan, a period of deep upheavals, whose true direction is elusive. By presenting Rehan s journey through lands of sudden wealth and hidden violence, in an atmosphere of political quicksand and moral danger, Taseer brings us into closer contact with a world experiencing convulsive change.
Stark, brave, and absolutely compelling, Noon confirms Aatish Taseer as a writer of emotional acuity and great intellectual gift.
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Published August 1, 2011
by HarperCollins India.
Literature & Fiction.