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“Pull a thread here and you’ll find it’s attached to the rest of the world.”
Nadeem Aslam, The Wasted Vigil
“On the journey towards the beloved, you live by dying at every step”
Nadeem Aslam, The Wasted Vigil
“All those who love know exactly the limit they're prepared to go to. They know exactly what is required.”
Nadeem Aslam, The Wasted Vigil
“The bullet that has hit us Muslims today left the gun centuries ago when we let the clergy decide that knowledge and education were not important.”
Nadeem Aslam, The Wasted Vigil
“To visit certain streets was to realise that only the sky remained unchanged there.”
Nadeem Aslam, The Wasted Vigil
“The young everywhere…would prefer to live in houses that consist only of doors.”
Nadeem Aslam, The Wasted Vigil
“Afghanistan had collapsed and everyone's life now lies broken at different levels within the rubble.”
Nadeem Aslam, The Wasted Vigil
“How keen everyone is to make this world their home forgetting its impermanence It's like trying to see and name constellations in a fireworks display.”
Nadeem Aslam, The Wasted Vigil
“Even the air of this country has a story to tell about warfare. It is possible here to lift a piece of bread from a plate and following it back to its origins, collect a dozen stories concerning war-how it affected the hand that pulled it out of the oven, the hand that kneaded the dough, how war impinged upon the field where wheat was grown.”
Nadeem Aslam, The Wasted Vigil
“But whatever any of them thought one thing was always certain: even though they suffered and had to struggle at times to bring meaning and even the most basic dignity into their existence and even though in their search for justice and truthfulness they were beaten down and met with disappointment again and again—their lives were not available for use as an illustration. Theirs were not stories that could be read as an affirmation of another system.”
Nadeem Aslam, The Wasted Vigil
tags: war
“A daughter, a wife, a grandson,' You could say this place took away all I had. I could easily appear to be one of those unfortunate white men you hear about, who thought too lovingly of the other races and civilization of the world, who left his own country in the West to set up a home among them in the East, and was ruined as a result, paying dearly for his foolish mistake. His life smashed to pieces by the barbarians surrounding him.”
Nadeem Aslam, The Wasted Vigil
“He led her back to the house, the perfume from the acacia clinging to her. The djinn was supposed to live in the scent of the acacia blossom, making themselves visible only to the young in order to entrap them in otherworldly world.”
Nadeem Aslam, The Wasted Vigil
“Only twenty - nine years in the entire human history had been without warfare, and now here he was too, travelling between the episodes of a rapacious civil war.”
Nadeem Aslam, The Wasted Vigil
tags: war
“Wolves exhibiting strange behaviour -- caught in traps and thrashing about, injured by other creatures or by bullets, pups suffering from epilepsy -- are attacked and killed by their pack members. But here everyone is human and must try to understand each other's mystery. Each other's pain.”
Nadeem Aslam, The Wasted Vigil
“You have spent your whole life believing such untrue things. Don't you know how alone you are, David? We are most alone when we are with the myths.”
Nadeem Aslam, The Wasted Vigil
“The forgiveness of the weak is the air you strong ones breath, David. Didn't you know? You don't see it but you felt it just then. They allow you to go on living.”
Nadeem Aslam, The Wasted Vigil
“This is among the few things that can be said about love with any confidence. It is small enough to be contained within the heart but, pull thin, it would drape the entire world.”
Nadeem Aslam, The Wasted Vigil

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