Maps for Lost Lovers

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Knopf, 2004 - Fiction - 379 pages
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Jugnu and his lover, Chanda, have disappeared.
Though unmarried, they had been living together, embracing the contemporary mores of the English town where they lived but disgracing themselves in the eyes of their close-knit Pakistani community. Rumors about their disappearance abound, but five months go by before anything certain is known. Finally, on a snow-covered January morning, Chanda's brothers are arrested for the murder of their sister and Jugnu.
Shock and disbelief spread through the community, and for Jugnu's brother, Shamas, and his wife, Kaukab, it is a moment that marks the beginning of the unraveling of all that is sacred to them. As the novel unfolds over the next twelve months, we watch Kaukab struggle to maintain her Islamic piety as the effects of the double murder prove increasingly corrosive to the life of her family.
Upon its publication last year in England, Alan Hollinghurst praised "Maps for Lost Lovers" as "haunting, vivid, and tender," and Colm Toibin hailed it as "a superb achievement, a book in which every detail is nuanced, every piece of drama carefully choreographed, even minor characters carefully drawn." Beautifully written, emotionally and sensually arresting--"a Persian love poem for the twenty-first century" "(Books Quarterly)"--this deeply felt and moving novel explores the heart of a family at the crossroads of culture, nationality, religion, and the most personal crises of faith. "Maps for Lost Lovers" introduces American readers to a magnificent voice in fiction.

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User Review  - rohit.khetan - LibraryThing

The prose is rich but too many similes make it difficult to get to the point. Story itself is gripping. Though perhaps the Muslim orthodoxy part is overdone as it is everywhere you look in the book. Read full review

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User Review  - bodachliath - LibraryThing

One of my favourite books - a dark story of honour killing told in beautifully poetic language. Read full review


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Nadeem Aslam is the author of the award-winning novelSeason of the Rainbirds. Born in Pakistan, he now lives in London.

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