All you need is love
Look Inside Reading Guide. Reading Guide. May 09, ISBN Dec 18, ISBN Jugnu and Chanda have disappeared. Like thousands of people all over England, they were lovers and living together out of wedlock.
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Maps for lost lovers
Dante, banished from Florence, described the pain in more concrete terms. The characters in Nadeem Aslam's powerful novel, "Maps for Lost Lovers," are well acquainted with such desolation. Migrants from Pakistan like Aslam himself , they live in a cold and inhospitable English town they call Dasht-e-Tanhaii -- the Desert of Loneliness. It's a grim place, marred by racism and violence, where the grayness of the sky seems to have filtered into the inhabitants' souls. Yet as lonely as these people are, they can't complain, like Dante, of having left everything behind. This is an era of mass exile, and today's migrants arrive not as individuals but as communities, armed with all the cultural and social paraphernalia of home. Indeed, although it's in the English Midlands, the town in Aslam's novel can resemble a transplanted Pakistani village, its language and customs and religion more or less intact.
Nadeem Aslam was born in in Gujranwala in Pakistan. He came to Britain at the age of 14 when his father, a Communist, fled President Zia's regime and settled the family in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire. He went to Manchester University to read biochemistry but left in his third year to become a writer. At 13, he had published his first short story in Urdu in a Pakistani newspaper. He currently lives in north London. This novel written by Nadeem Aslam was published in