‘These struggles of Pakistanis were not just about Pakistan, they were about the survival of the entire human race. They were about the whole planet.’ So Nargis, the focal figure in Nadeem Aslam’s new novel, reflects after her husband is killed by a random shot, one of about a hundred, fired by an American who was ostensibly aiming at assailants.
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