The Book Of Gold Leaves

Autor Mirza Waheed
en Limba Engleză Paperback – 4 iun 2015
*Shortlisted for the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature 2016*

Mirza Waheed's extraordinary new novelThe Book of Gold Leavesis a heartbreaking love story set in war-torn Kashmir.

In an ancient house in the city of Srinagar, Faiz paints exquisite Papier Mache pencil boxes for tourists. Evening is beginning to slip into night when he sets off for the shrine. There he finds the woman with the long black hair.

Roohi is prostrate before her God. She begs for the boy of her dreams to come and take her away. Roohi wants a love story.

An age-old tale of love, war, temptation, duty and choice,The Book of Gold Leavesis a heartbreaking tale of a what might have been, what could have been, if only.

'I loved it. The voice is lyrical, to match the beauty of Kashmir, and yet it is tinged with melancholy and grief, as is the story it tells' Nadeem Aslam (onThe Collaborator)

'Waheed's prose burns with the fever of anger and despair; the scenes in the valley are exceptional, conveying, a hallucinatory living nightmare that has become an everyday reality for Kashmiris'Metro(onThe Collaborator).
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ISBN-13: 9780241970829
ISBN-10: 0241970822
Pagini: 352
Dimensiuni: 129 x 198 x 21 mm
Greutate: 0.25 kg
Editura: Penguin Books
Colecția Penguin
Locul publicării:London, United Kingdom

Notă biografică

Mirza Waheed was born and brought up in Kashmir. His debut novelThe Collaboratorwas shortlisted for theGuardianFirst Book Award and the Shakti Bhat Prize, and longlisted for the Desmond Elliott Prize. It was also book of the year for theTelegraph,New Statesman,Financial Times,Business StandardandTelegraph India. Waheed has written for the BBC, theGuardian,Granta, Al Jazeera English andTheNew York Times. He lives in London.


A haunting illustrationof how, at the end of last century, normal life became impossible for many of those who call Kashmir home . . .Waheed's talent lies in the vivid, convincing detail he brings to descriptions of everyday lives.The careful meshing of domestic intimacy with political events is done deftly, with integrity.Like his great-grandfather's gold painting, Waheed's work will undoubtedly endure
Waheedwrites about war with a devastating and unflinching calm, with the melancholy wisdom of someone attuned to but never hardened by its horrors. . .Hehas a formidable insight into his large cast of characters, from the elegant grief-stricken principal of the girls' school taken over by Indian officers to the spoilt boy-turned-insurgent who betrays his own father
A harrowing tale of love in a time of conflict and change. . . The language in this book is lyrical, indeed at times it seems to be poetry masquerading as prose.The Book of Gold Leavesisthe sort of book one can read and re-read - and then read again
A dazzling and heart-breaking storyset in war-torn Kashmir -essential reading
Waheed writes about Kashmir with compassion, not anger . . . [and] one finds a strange and terrible beauty.There are no heroes or villains in this exquisite book, just a palpable grief for what might have been
A beautifully told and finely choreographed story of love, art and conflict in Kashmir
Waheed's new novel returns to 1990s Kashmir. IfThe Collaboratorwas journalistic in its zeal to explain Kashmir . . . [here]what keeps you reading is the story. He relies on family dynamics to drive the action . . . it's ultimatelyhow the novel accounts for the moral toll of war
Poetic and political with a warm sensuousness,The Book of Gold Leavesis the year's best book.As beautifully written as the paintings on papier mache that one of its central characters executes, this fine examination of the Kashmiri condition througha Sunni-Shia love story leaves the reader both wretched and transformed, and brings us to a greater understanding of the fragility of love in a harsh climate
Like the gold leaves of the book's title, Waheed's prose is like pixie dust, sprinkled all over a city of heartbreak and despair.It is a city that has found in Waheed, the great-grandson of a much-admired papier-mache artist, its truest troubadour.Read him and weep.
A romance set against the backdrop of unrest in the Kashmiri valleyin the 1990s, Waheed's second novelexplores the reasons behind young men taking to bloodshed