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In the Light of What We Know

By Zia Haider Rahman, 1969-

A bold, epic debut novel set during the war and financial crisis that defined the beginning of our century

One September morning in 2008, an investment banker approaching forty, his career in collapse and his marriage unraveling, receives a surprise visitor at his West London townhouse. In the disheveled figure of a South Asian male carrying a backpack, the banker recognizes a long-lost friend, a mathematics prodigy who disappeared years earlier under mysterious circumstances. The friend has resurfaced to make a confession of unsettling power.
     In the Light of What We Know takes us on a journey of exhilarating scope--from Kabul to London, New York, Islamabad, Oxford, and Princeton--and explores the great questions of love, belonging, science, and war. It is an age-old story: the friendship of two men and the betrayal of one by the other. The visitor, a man desperate to climb clear of his wrong beginnings, seeks atonement; and the narrator sets out to tell his friend's story but finds himself at the limits of what he can know about the world--and, ultimately, himself. Set against the breaking of nations and beneath the clouds of economic crisis, this surprisingly tender novel chronicles the lives of people carrying unshakable legacies of class and culture as they struggle to tame their futures.
     In an extraordinary feat of imagination, Zia Haider Rahman has telescoped the great upheavals of our young century into a novel of rare intimacy and power.

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2014

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9780374175627


Format: Book
Author: Rahman, Zia Haider, 1969-
Summary: "A bold, epic debut novel set during the war and financial crisis that defined the beginning of our century. An investment banker approaching forty, his career collapsing and his marriage unraveling, receives a surprise visitor at his West London town house. Confronting the disheveled figure of a South Asian male carrying a backpack, the banker recognizes a long-lost college friend, a mathematics prodigy who disappeared many years earlier under mysterious circumstances. The friend has resurfaced with a confession of unsettling power. Zia Haider Rahman takes us on a journey of exhilarating scope, ranging over Kabul, London, New York, Islamabad, Oxford, Princeton, and Sylhet, and dealing with love, belonging, finance, cognitive science, and war. Its framework is an age-old story: the friendship of two men and the betrayal of one by the other, both of them desperate in their different ways to climb clear of their wrong beginnings. Set against the breaking of nations and beneath the clouds of economic recession, the novel chronicles the lives of people carrying unshakable legacies of class, culture, and faith as they struggle to tame their futures. In the Light of What We Know is by turns tender, intimate, and panoramic, telescoping the great upheavals of our young century into a first novel of rare ambition and profundity"-- Provided by publisher.
Title: In the light of what we know / Zia Haider Rahman.
Publisher Date: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2014.
Subject: Male friendship -- Fiction. Investment banking -- Fiction. Missing persons -- Fiction. Global Financial Crisis, 2008-2009 -- Fiction. World politics -- 21st century -- Fiction.
Isbn: 9780374175627 (hardback) 0374175624 (hardback)
Current Holds: 0
System Items Available: 2
System Items Total: 5
Call Number: F Rahman
Oclc: 846545376
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Bib Id: 513304

Format: Book
Author: Rahman, Zia Haider, 1969-
Summary: "A bold, epic debut novel set during the war and financial crisis that defined the beginning of our century. An investment banker approaching forty, his career collapsing and his marriage unraveling, receives a surprise visitor at his West London town house. Confronting the disheveled figure of a South Asian male carrying a backpack, the banker recognizes a long-lost college friend, a mathematics prodigy who disappeared many years earlier under mysterious circumstances. The friend has resurfaced with a confession of unsettling power. Zia Haider Rahman takes us on a journey of exhilarating scope, ranging over Kabul, London, New York, Islamabad, Oxford, Princeton, and Sylhet, and dealing with love, belonging, finance, cognitive science, and war. Its framework is an age-old story: the friendship of two men and the betrayal of one by the other, both of them desperate in their different ways to climb clear of their wrong beginnings. Set against the breaking of nations and beneath the clouds of economic recession, the novel chronicles the lives of people carrying unshakable legacies of class, culture, and faith as they struggle to tame their futures. In the Light of What We Know is by turns tender, intimate, and panoramic, telescoping the great upheavals of our young century into a first novel of rare ambition and profundity"-- Provided by publisher.
Title: In the light of what we know / Zia Haider Rahman.
Edition: First edition.
Publisher, Date: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2014.
Description: 497 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Subjects: Male friendship -- Fiction.
Subjects: Investment banking -- Fiction.
Subjects: Missing persons -- Fiction.
Subjects: Global Financial Crisis, 2008-2009 -- Fiction.
Subjects: World politics -- 21st century -- Fiction.
LCCN: 2013038711
ISBN: 9780374175627 (hardback)
ISBN: 0374175624 (hardback)
Requests: 0
Available Copies: 2
Total Copies: 5
Call Number: F Rahman