The Wasted Vigil

The Wasted Vigil

Book - 2008
Average Rating:
Rate this:
From the author of Maps for Lost Lovers (Extraordinary . . . It deepens our knowledge of life--The New York Review of Books), a new novel--at once lyrical and blistering--about war in our time, told through the lives of five people who come together in post-9/11 Afghanistan. Marcus, an English doctor whose Afghani wife was murdered by the Taliban, opens his home--itself an eerily beautiful monument to his losses--to the others: Lara, from St. Petersburg, looking for evidence of her soldier brother who disappeared decades before in the Soviet invasion; David, an American and former spy who has seen his ideals turned inside out; Casa, a young Afghani whose hatred of the West plunges him into the depths of zealotry; and James, the Special Forces soldier in whom David sees a dangerous revival of the unquestioning notions of right and wrong that he himself once held. In mesmerizing prose, Aslam reveals the complex ties--of love and desperation, pain and salvation, madness and clarity--that bind these individuals. And through their stories he gives us a portrait both timely and achingly intimate of the continuation of wars that shapes our world. In its radiant language and unflinching drama, The Wasted Vigil is a luminous work of fiction.
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2008.
Edition: 1st U.S. ed.
ISBN: 9780307268426
030726842X
Branch Call Number: FIC ASLA
Characteristics: 319 p. ; 25 cm.

Opinion

From the critics


Community Activity

Comment

Add a Comment

There are no comments for this title yet.

Age

Add Age Suitability

There are no ages for this title yet.

Summary

Add a Summary

There are no summaries for this title yet.

Notices

Add Notices

There are no notices for this title yet.

Quotes

Add a Quote

There are no quotes for this title yet.

Explore Further

Browse by Call Number

Recommendations

Subject Headings

  Loading...

Find it at APL

  Loading...
[]
[]
To Top