Nadeem Aslam


Born
Gujranwala, Pakistan
Genre

Influences


Aslam was born in Pakistan in 1966 and moved to Britain at age 14. His family left Pakistan to escape President Zia's regime.

His novel Maps for Lost Lovers, winner of the Kuriyama Prize, took him more than a decade to complete. Aslam has stated that the first chapter alone took five years to complete, and that the following story in the book took seven months to complete before rejecting it. At the end, he kept only one sentence of the seventy pages written.

Aslam's latest novel, The Wasted Vigil, was published by Alfred A. Knopf in September, 2008. It is set in Afghanistan. He traveled to Afghanistan during the writing of the book; but had never visited the country before writing the first draft. On 11th February 2011, it was short-listed
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Maps for Lost Lovers

3.78 avg rating — 2,838 ratings — published 2004 — 34 editions
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The Wasted Vigil

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The Blind Man's Garden

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The Golden Legend

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Season of the Rainbirds

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Granta 112: Pakistan

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To the Wedding

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The Exiles

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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

“Women joked amongst themselves: 'Why do you think a bride cries on her wedding day? It's for the love that this marriage is putting an end to for all eternity. Men may think a woman has no past- "you were born and then I married you"- but men are fools.”
Nadeem Aslam, Maps for Lost Lovers

“On the journey towards the beloved, you live by dying at every step”
Nadeem Aslam, The Wasted Vigil

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