Zia Haider Rahman

Zia Haider Rahman


Zia Haider Rahman is a British novelist of Bangladeshi origin. Born in rural Bangladesh in the shadow of the 1971 war, Rahman moved with his family to London, where he flourished academically and gained a place at Oxford University to study mathematics.

His success at Oxford led to a host of scholarships and further studies at Munich, Cambridge and Yale Universities. After working for Goldman Sachs as an investment banker, Rahman studied law and became an international human rights lawyer.

His debut novel In the Light of What We Know was published in 2014. It has been received with international critical acclaim, and was long-listed for the Guardian First Book Award 2014 and shortlisted for the Goldsmiths Prize 2014.

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“Life can only be understood backward; the trouble is, it has to be lived forward.”
Zia Haider Rahman, In the Light of What We Know

“I had a friend at Princeton, a Russian graduate student. He had a cute message on his answering machine, delivered in his thick Russian accent: Who are you and what do you want? Some people spend a lifetime trying to answer these questions. You, however, have thirty seconds. My father and I chuckled. What happened to him? Gone. My point is that you could think of the people you meet in your life as questions, there to help you figure out who you are, what you’re made of, and what you want. In life, as in our new version of the game, you start off not knowing the answer. It’s only when the particles rub against each other that we figure out their properties.”
Zia Haider Rahman, In the Light of What We Know

“An exile, said Zafar, is a refugee with a library.”
Zia Haider Rahman, In the Light of What We Know

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