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In the Light of What We Know

Zia Haider Rahman

One September morning in 2008, an investment banker approaching forty, 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. The friend has resurfaced to make a confession of unsettling power. In the Light of What We Know takes us on a journey of exhilarating scope-from Kabul to London, New York, Islamabad, Oxford, and Princeton-and explores the great questions of love, belonging, science, and war. It is an age-old story: the friendship of two men and the betrayal of one by the other. The visitor seeks atonement, and the narrator sets out to tell his friend's story but finds himself at the limits of what he can know about the world-and, ultimately, himself. Set against the breaking of nations and beneath the clouds of economic crisis, this surprisingly tender novel chronicles the lives of people carrying unshakable legacies of class and culture as they struggle to tame their futures.

One September morning in 2008, an investment banker approaching forty, 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. The friend has resurfaced to make a confession of unsettling power. In the Light of What We Know takes us on a journey of exhilarating scope-from Kabul to London, New York, Islamabad, Oxford, and Princeton-and explores the great questions of love, belonging, science, and war. It is an age-old story: the friendship of two men and the betrayal of one by the other. The visitor seeks atonement, and the narrator sets out to tell his friend's story but finds himself at the limits of what he can know about the world-and, ultimately, himself. Set against the breaking of nations and beneath the clouds of economic crisis, this surprisingly tender novel chronicles the lives of people carrying unshakable legacies of class and culture as they struggle to tame their futures.
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Genres:

Fiction

Description:

One September morning in 2008, an investment banker approaching forty, 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. The friend has resurfaced to make a confession of unsettling power. In the Light of What We Know takes us on a journey of exhilarating scope-from Kabul to London, New York, Islamabad, Oxford, and Princeton-and explores the great questions of love, belonging, science, and war. It is an age-old story: the friendship of two men and the betrayal of one by the other. The visitor seeks atonement, and the narrator sets out to tell his friend's story but finds himself at the limits of what he can know about the world-and, ultimately, himself. Set against the breaking of nations and beneath the clouds of economic crisis, this surprisingly tender novel chronicles the lives of people carrying unshakable legacies of class and culture as they struggle to tame their futures.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Ralph Lister

Length:

21h 15m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

40:24


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

42:02


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

49:22


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

36:38


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

38:58


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

59:46


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

36:53


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

49:02


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

27:10


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

39:12


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

46:32


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

52:02


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

43:51


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

47:35


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

51:27


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

45:57


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

51:19


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

30:50


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

52:07


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

17:25


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

49:49


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

07:23


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

58:14


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

24:16


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

46:51


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

47:18


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

30:29


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

52:03


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

38:09


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

48:18


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

13:55