Zia Haider Rahman: In The Light Of What We Know

When: Sat, May 30, 3pm – 5pm, 2015
Where: Nook. Aloft Sentral, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Admission: Free
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[The Paperback Book Club Meetup] In The Light Of What We Know by Zia Haider Rahman is a bold, epic debut novel set during the war and financial crisis that defined the beginning of our century. One September morning, an investment banker, 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. Revews [via Amazon]:
  • Wide-armed, hospitable, disputatious, worldly, cerebral. Ideas and provocations abound on every page - James Wood, The New Yorker
  • A unique work...bearing witness to much that is unspeakable in human relationships as in international relations, while it is also unknowable - Joyce Carol Oates, New York Review of Books
  • A strange and brilliant novel...I was surprised it didn't explode in my hands - Amitava Kumar, The New York Times Book Review
  • Bristling with ideas about mathematics and politics, history and religion... personal and political, epic and intensely moving - Alex Preston, The Guardian
  • An ambitious and extraordinary achievement...the book overflows with sparkling essays on free will, the perception of time, the nature of memory, maps, flags, etymology and the axioms of mathematics - Sunday Times, UK