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The Golden Legend

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The Golden Legend by Nadeem Aslam
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Apr 24, 2018 | ISBN 9781101973387

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One of the Best Books of the Year: The Christian Science Monitor, The Economist, and LitHub

“Powerful and engrossing. . . . [Aslam] writes with great sensitivity and depth.” —The New York Times Book Review

“Stunning. . . . [The Golden Legend is] masterful and compelling fiction, intricately layering symbols and parallels, unspooling its plot in dramatic twists until the very last sentence.” —The Boston Globe
“A powerful and timely comment on the precarious state of religious minorities in Pakistan and an honest mirror to the Pakistani state and society.” —The Washington Post

“Beautifully imagined.” —The Wall Street Journal
“Remarkable. . . . The Golden Legend is extravagant with imagery and elaborate with metaphor.” —The Economist

“A heart-pounding and timely novel about kinship and resilience.” —O, The Oprah Magazine
“A magical book. . . . Aslam’s writing is lyrical and expansive. . . . He’s a brilliant novelist, one of two or three truly great writers in the world today. His work reminds me of Orhan Pamuk at an earlier stage of his career. And, yes, like Pamuk, Nadeem Aslam ought to be awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature.” —Charles R. Larson, Counterpunch
“At once 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.” —Financial Times
“Aslam has quietly built up a body of work quite unlike that of any other novelist, detailing the worst that humans can do in prose that suggests the redemptive possibilities of art. Horror and beauty are held in precarious balance in The Golden Legend.” —Peter Parker, The Spectator
“Mesmerizing . . . other-worldly astonishing. Superlatives feel downright insufficient.” —The Christian Science Monitor

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