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The Wasted Vigil (Paperback)
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The Wasted Vigil (Paperback)

Paperback Published: 04/06/2009
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A Russian woman named Lara arrives in Afghanistan at the house of Marcus Caldwell, an Englishman and widower living in the shadow of the Tora Bora mountains. Marcus' daughter, Zameen, may have known Lara's brother, a Soviet soldier who disappeared in the area many years previously. But like Marcus' wife, Zameen is dead; a victim of the age in which she was born. In the days that follow, further people arrive at the house: two Americans who have spent much of their adult lives in the area; a young Afghan teacher; and a radicalized young man intent on his own path. And Nadeem Aslam paints a moving, beautiful and powerful portrait of a land and a people torn apart through love and war.

Publisher: Faber & Faber
ISBN: 9780571238804

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I found this book slow moving and confusing. It tells of Lara, a Russian woman seeking news of her brother missing twenty and more years ago during the invasion of Afghanistan, of Marcus, an Englishman in that war... More

22nd July 2009
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An arresting and upsetting read. The Wasted Vigil examines the complexities that Afghans and foreigners face living in modern-day Afghanistan. I thoroughly enjoyed the Wasted Vigil and even though it's... More

7th June 2009
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I had high hopes for The Wasted Vigil having read some of the praise lavished on Nadeem Aslam's 'Maps for Lost Lovers'. It fell rather short of these but not for lack of trying. I wonder if the book was... More

13th April 2009
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