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  • Author: Zarrar Said
  • Publisher: HarperCollins
  • ISBN: 9789353023096
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An assassin, accused of heinous acts of terror, begins his testimony by claiming responsibility for the murder of the Nobel Prize winning physicist, Salim Agha. To explain his motive, he narrates the story of Salim and the tragic relationship he had with his beloved nation, Pureland. Salim's unlikely life is prophesized by a levitating saint. Starting as a feudal servant, he inadvertently contributes to a coup d'etat that derails his country and eventually leads to a hostile takeover of Pureland by the Caliphate. Salim leaves for New York. Over his subsequent years in exile, remorse leads him to try and undo this wrong - and in doing so he creates vicious enemies who vie to slay him. One such enemy is the narrator himself. Inspired by a true story, Zarrar Said's novel Pureland is a tour-de-force debut about a nation that has lost its way, its people who suffer from unspeakable tyranny, and a remorseful hero whose legacy has been wiped out by hatred.

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