In the Light of What We KnowA bold, epic debut novel set during the war and financial crisis that defined the beginning of our century
by Zia Haider Rahman
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In the Light of What We Know Summary
One September morning in 2008, an investment banker approaching forty, his career in collapse and his marriage unravelling, receives a surprise visitor at his West London home. He struggles to place the dishevelled figure carrying a backpack, until he recognizes a friend from his student days, a brilliant man who disappeared years earlier under mysterious circumstances. The friend has resurfaced to make a confession of unsettling power. Theirs is the age-old story of the bond between two men and the betrayal of one by the other. As the friends begin to talk, and as their room becomes a world, a journey begins that is by turns exhilarating, shocking, intimate and strange. Set against the breaking of nations and beneath the clouds of economic crisis, and moving between Kabul, New York, Oxford, London and Islamabad, In the Light of What We Know tells the story of people wrestling with unshakeable legacies of class and culture, and pushes at the great questions of love, origins, science, faith and war. In an extraordinary feat of imagination, Zia Haider Rahman has woven the seismic upheavals of our young century into a novel of rare compassion, scope, and courage.
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In the Light of What We Know
Zia Haider Rahman
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Winner of James Tait Black Prize for Fiction 2014 (UK) Short-listed for National Book Awards New Writer of the Year 2014 (UK) Short-listed for The Goldsmith's Prize 2014 (UK) Long-listed for Guardian First Book Award 2014 (UK) Long-listed for The Orwell Prize 2015 (UK) Long-listed for The Folio Prize 2015 (UK)
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