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The Blind Man's Garden by Nadeem Aslam

The Blind Man's Garden

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From the author of Maps for Lost Lovers comes 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...

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The Blind Man's Garden by Nadeem Aslam

'Love is not consolation, it is light.'

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.


We have asked a select number of members and browsers to review The Blind Man's Garden. You can read their reviews below.

Berwyn Peet - 'This really is an amazing novel and I would not be at all surprised to see it shortlisted for some of the literary prizes in has beautiful writing, well-rounded characters and a story which will leave you feeling as though you have been on an epic journey and may well have changed your perceptions of this place and time.' Click here to read the full review.

Janette Skinner - 'There is romance and heartache in this book and some beautifully etched philosophy...A very beautiful, well paced, well written book.' Click here to read the full review.

Kym Nicholls - 'The Blind Man’s Garden sets out to show how senseless violence is by creating a compelling, beautifully descriptive environment and then ravaging it with devastation. I was captivated by this book, fascinated by Aslam’s insights, and recommend it highly'. Click here to read the full review.

Rachel Atkins - 'The Blind Man’s Garden is an astonishing novel of a family torn apart in Afghanistan...This is a compelling read with beautifully portrayed characters.' Click here to read the full review.

Megan Olwen Williams - 'Aslam’s work is a thought-provoking tour de force which should not be approached in a blithe manner.' Click here to read the full review.

Stephanie Harding - 'The writing is touching – very evocative and haunting. The descriptions of sight, taste, smell and sound of the country are wonderful to read'. Click here to read the full review.

Richard Hamlin - 'The Blind Man’s Garden is powerfully written without prejudice, weaving an evocative and beautiful description throughout its gripping is a compelling and absorbing read'. Click here to read the full review.

Teresa Majury - 'Aslam succeeds in highlighting what we have in common - humanity, loyalty, love and family ties - the building blocks upon which a more peaceful future might be based.' Click here to read the full review.

About the Author

Nadeem Aslam

Nadeem Aslam is the author of three previous novels, Season of the Rainbirds (1993), Maps for Lost Lovers (2004) - longlisted for the Booker Prize, shortlisted for the IMPAC Prize, and awarded the Kiriyama Prize and the Encore Award - and, most recently, The Wasted Vigil, described by A. S. Byatt as 'unforgettable ... tragic and beautifully written'. Born in Pakistan, he now lives in England and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.

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7th February 2013


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Faber and Faber


416 pages


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