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The Golden Legend Hardcover – 12 Jan 2017

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  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Faber & Faber; Main edition (12 Jan. 2017)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0571330738
  • ISBN-13: 978-0571330737
  • Product Dimensions: 15.3 x 2.6 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 15 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 78,743 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Exhilarating ... an exquisite, painful book. (Lara Feigel Guardian)

Remarkable ... a work of quiet rage and searing beauty ... The setting of The Golden Legend may be Pakistan, but the closing of minds and hearts it laments is universal. (Economist)

Aslam is such a gifted writer. The delicate physicality of his language makes one engage with every word ... [an] urgent, undeniably passionate and wayward novel. (Eileen Battersby Irish Times)

A coming-of-age love story, a study of loss and a lucid portrait of the conflicts pervading contemporary Pakistan . Aslam's crystalline prose and emotionally nuanced characters give his novel a wide resonance . Though unsparing in its depiction of the brutal exercise of power, this is also a paean to human resilience. (Laura Garmeson Financial Times)

The Golden Legend is Nadeem Aslam's fifth novel and a remarkable one; but then Aslam is a remarkable writer... Searching for a comparison, a measure by which to praise this utterly engrossing novel, I found myself recalling the greatest English novel set in India - Kipling's Kim. (Allan Massie Scotsman)

Aslam shines above all as the fabricator of radiant images that tell a story in themselves ... a book as notable for its generous heart as its bejewelled prose. (Boyd Tonkin Spectator)

A hymn of praise to cultural mixing. (Tom Sutcliffe)

A remarkable book [and] a remarkable writer ... a grieving not just for Pakistan, what it could be and what it has been but for the whole of civilisation. (Jamila Gavin)

What Aslam does so brilliantly is juxtapose these very beautiful images with accounts of shocking quotidian brutality. (Stephanie Merritt)

I can't remember a book that has had such a profound visual effect on me ... extraordinarily moving. (Alex Preston)

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From the acclaimed author of Maps for Lost Lovers and The Blind Man's Garden, a brave, timely, searingly beautiful novel set in contemporary Pakistan - about a community consumed by religious intolerance.

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