Season of the Rainbirds by Nadeem Aslam

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A sack of letters lost in a train crash nineteen years before has mysteriously reappeared, and the inhabitants of a little town in Pakistan are waiting to see what long-buried secrets will come to light. Could the letters have any bearing on Judge Anwar's murder? District Commissioner Azhar is in charge of the investigation but the rumour that he is living in sin with a Christian woman intrigues the townsfolk more than the threat of the letters or even the murder itself: especially the men who, one after another, contrive to bring this scandal to the attention of their devout and ageing priest. SEASON OF THE RAINBIRDS is a novel full of memories and shadows: light years away from the stridency of most contemporary fiction. But in its quiet way and through the sharp lyricism of the writing which makes every sight, sound and smell come alive, Nadeem Aslam has created an exotic and timeless world where the rumble of faraway civil wars, assassinations and changing regimes forms a disquieting background to the traditional rituals of daily life.
 

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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 1, 1993 by Andre Deutsch Ltd. 196 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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A corrupt and powerful judge in a small Pakistani village is killed and, in a seemingly unrelated event, a sack of letters thought to have disappeared 19 years earlier in a train wreck is belatedly headed toward the same village.

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