Faber & Faber - Nadeem Aslam talks about writing his novel The Blind Man's Garden
Nadeem Aslam talks about writing his novel The Blind Man's Garden
The war on terror through the lens of devastating personal experience in this stunning novel from the author of The Wasted Vigil and Maps for Lost Lovers. A searing, exquisitely written novel set in Pakistan and Afghanistan in the months following 9/11 - a story of war, of one family's losses, and of the simplest, most enduring human impulses. Jeo and Mikal, foster-brothers from a small Pakistani city, secretly enter Afghanistan: not to fight with the Taliban, but to help and care for wounded civilians. But it soon becomes apparent that good intentions can't keep them out of harm's way... From the wilds of Afghanistan to the heart of the family left behind - their blind father haunted for years by the death of his wife, by the mistakes he may have made in the name of Islam and nationhood, Jeo's steadfast wife and her superstitious mother - Aslam's prose takes us on an extraordinary journey, through war, tragedy, love and brotherhood. Here he discusses how he wrote the novel, and the themes behind it.