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From the war on terror to modern myths of progress, history haunts February's list

By Rachel Sylvester   February 2013

“History is the third parent”—the first line of Naseem Aslam’s powerful new novel, The Blind Man’s Garden (Faber, £18.99), could be a subtitle for all this month’s books. Set in Pakistan and Afghanistan in the aftermath of 9/11, Aslam follows the story of one family shaped and damaged by war. The backdrop is the father’s garden, a symbol of safe domesticity that becomes more threatening as he loses his sight. In the same way, danger closes in on all the characters as they travel through conflict, their lives criss-crossing as the plot moves from rural village to bustling market place,…

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