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Set in a closed desert kingdom in our own times, it tells how Sayeed, a good but unexceptional man, finds love with a woman who would have been beyond his reach had not poverty and widowhood brought her low. The scene is set with unpretending tenderness: the hospital where Sayeed works, the kindness of his friends, the struggle to make a decent home for his new wife Latifa and her child, the bustle of his brother's home, the simple wedding. Heat, dirt and squalor are the backdrop to the tragedy, Latifa, confused and far from home, the terrified victim. Petty jealousy, sexual desire and religious fervour combine to bring her down and to leave the reader stunned. Mirage emerged from 1999's Booker judging as the unexpected favourite of the chairman, Gerald Kaufman, and other judges, just missing the final shortlist. It was later chosen by two of the judges, Boyd Tonkin and Shena Mackay as one of their books of that year. What made this championing of a first novel all the more surprising was the fact that it had been published by the author himself.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 224 pages
  • 128 x 197 x 16mm | 212g
  • Orion Publishing Co
  • Phoenix (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd )
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0753812533
  • 9780753812532

About Bandula Chandraratna

Bandula Chandraratna has worked in hospitals in Saudi Arabia and the UK and presently lives and works in Oundle, Northamptonshire.show more

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85 ratings
3.28 out of 5 stars
5 15% (13)
4 22% (19)
3 41% (35)
2 18% (15)
1 4% (3)
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