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"In The Light Of What We Know" by Zia Haider Rahman

Zia Haider Rahman's debut novel tells a sweeping tale, traversing and transcending borders while exploring the nature of friendship and truth. The story of two friends - Zafar and our nameless narrator - weaves everything from mathematics to class barriers. We talk to Rahman about the ties between geography and literature, as well as his career thus far, which has included time as a banker, international human rights attorney and now author.

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Excerpted from IN THE LIGHT OF WHAT WE KNOW by Zia Haider Rahman. Copyright © 2014 by Zia Haider Rahman. Published in April 2014 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux, LLC. All rights reserved.

In The Light Of What We Know


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