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Books in brief: The Golden Legend

Fantasy—like the original dream of Pakistan—is a refuge, when no one lives happily ever after in reality

By Tanjil Rashid   March 2017

The Golden Legend by Nadeem Aslam (Faber, £16.99)

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Once upon a time there was a country called Pakistan, dreamt up by secular intellectuals as a refuge for Muslims. According to its creation myth, Pakistan was also meant to be a democratic homeland for minorities. But in reality, Hindus and Sikhs were driven out; now Christians are the victims of terrorism or persecution in the form of blasphemy laws.

This is the history that Pakistan-born British novelist Nadeem Aslam has chosen to fictionalise in his new novel The Golden…

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