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About the AuthorJamil Ahmad began his career in the region in the 1950s, and was an official in the Pakistani embassy in Kabul at the time of the Soviet invasion in 1979. He was encouraged to write by his wife Helga, who painstakingly typed the handwritten manuscript on a typewriter with German keys. He lives in Islamabad, Pakistan.
Author 1Jamil Ahmad
FormatHardcover
Editorial ReviewOne of "Publishers Weekly"'s Best Books of 2011 "Mr. Ahmad's deep understanding of his characters shows what a powerful truth teller fiction can be." -"The New York Times" "[Y]ou instantly care so much about that boy and his fate that you can hardly stand to stop reading. The early chapters are reminiscent of masterpieces like Cormac McCarthy's "Blood Meridian," which also features a boy alone in a gorgeous but harsh and often terrifying desert landscape.... [T]he characters, the tales, and the landscape are rendered with clarity, sympathy, and insight. The author makes us travel with him.... The book offers a rich picture of the "mountainous, lawless tribal areas" we have previously known mainly for bullets and bombs." -Steve Inskeep, NPR "A striking debut...The power and beauty of these stories are unparalleled in most fiction to come out of south Asia." -"The Guardian" "[W]ritten with such a terrible beauty...With this novel Ahmad h
LanguageEnglish
Number of Pages240
Publication Date1/6/2011
PublisherHamish Hamilton