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The Wasted Vigil
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"Extraordinary . . . Nadeem Aslam's new novel is an audacious panorama, seeking as it does to encapsulate several national histories as well as the overlapping destinies of individuals caught up in apparently disparate events. Yet Aslam manages to describe the lives of his many characters, and their illusions and despair, with consummate skill . . . Describing Casa's vulnerability, Aslam makes his character undergo, in just a few skillfully crafted pages, the complete gamut of Dostoevskian emotions . . . Aslam's determination to gaze resolutely at the darkest side of our many cold and hot wars is what gives "The Wasted Vigil" its depth and power."-Pankaj Mishra, "New York Review of Books""A harrowing yet beautiful depiction of an Afghanistan mutilated by war and oppression . . . With astonishing lyricism and compassion Aslam creates unforgettable characters while telling a story that is as gripping as it is affecting."-"Boston Globe""A searing, multifaceted nove

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