In the Light of What We Know

Zia Haider Rahman

3.66 based on 134 ratings & 33 reviews on Goodreads.com

2014 Nominee

James Tait Black Prize for Fiction

2014 Nominee

National Book Awards New Writer of the Year

2014 Nominee

The Goldsmith's Prize

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01 January 2015
9781447231233
576 pages
Synopsis

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

Synopsis

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

The big read with the big answers . . . Here comes a novel capable of taking back the No 1 spot: Zia Haider Rahman's debut In the Light of What We Know. . . At its heart, the book is a story of two friends making their way in the world. Theirs is a dizzying voyage that touches on many of the key issues of our time.

Sunday Times

Dazzling . . . astonishingly achieved . . . Rahman proves himself a deep and subtle storyteller . . . a novel unashamed by many varieties of knowledge-its characters talk, brilliantly, about mathematics, philosophy, exile and immigration, warfare, Wall Street and financial trading, contemporary geopolitics, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Afghanistan, English and American society, Islamic terrorism, Western paternalism, Oxford and Yale. Isn't this kind of thinking-worldly and personal, abstract and concrete, essayistic and dramatic-exactly what the novel is for? How it justifies itself as a form? Rahman uses his novel to think hard and well, chiefly about connections among class, knowledge, and belonging. In the Light of What We Know is what Salman Rushdie once called an "everything novel." It is wide-armed, hospitable, disputatious, worldly, cerebral. Ideas and provocations abound on every page.

James Wood - The New Yorker