In the Light of What We Know

In the Light of What We Know

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.… (more)

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Editorial reviews (3 reviews)


Zafar’s journey is immense, his voice by turns philosophical, dry, dodgy.

Beautifully written evidence that some of the most interesting writing in English is coming from the edges of old empires.

Each of the novel’s story lines attains a complex structure, but the one that feels truest is the one that deals with poverty.


Book Details  


Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (April 22, 2014)

Collection: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Language: English

Awards: James Tait Black Memorial Prize for Fiction 2014 winner


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