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An Abundance of Wild Roses

Feryal Ali-Gauhar



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11 June 2024
In the Black Mountains of Pakistan, the discovery of an unconscious, unknown man is the first stone in an avalanche of chaos. The head of the village is beset with problems - including the injured stranger - and failing to find his way out. His daughter receives a love letter and incurs her father's wrath. A lame boy foretells disaster, but nobody is listening. Trapped in terrible danger, a wolf-dog is battling ice and death to save a soldier's life. Beaten by her addict husband for bearing him only daughters, a woman is pregnant again - but can this child save her?

In a land woven with myth, chained with tradition and afflicted by war and the march of progress, the spirits of the mountains keep a baleful eye on the struggles of the villagers who scrape a living from the bodies of their wildlife. As the elements turn on the village, can humanity find a way to co-exist with nature that doesn't destroy either of them?
Imprint:   Canongate
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Edition:   Export/Airside - Export/Airside/Ireland
Dimensions:   Height: 204mm,  Width: 133mm,  Spine: 25mm
Weight:   331g
ISBN:   9781838858179
ISBN 10:   1838858172
Pages:   320
Publication Date:  
Audience:   General/trade ,  College/higher education ,  Professional and scholarly ,  ELT Advanced ,  Primary
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Feryal Ali-Gauhar's first novel The Scent of Wet Earth in August was a bestseller, her second novel No Space for Further Burials won the Patras Bokhari award and was translated into several European languages. Her third novel, An Abundance of Wild Roses, was written with the assistance of the Roger Deakin award for environmental activism. Ms. Ali-Gauhar has served as a United Nations Goodwill Ambassador for the Population Fund. She is an actor, film-maker, columnist, novelist, animal rights activist and currently serves as Advisor to the Government of Pakistan for the management of cultural heritage in areas where hydropower projects are being constructed.

Reviews for An Abundance of Wild Roses

"Feryal Ali-Gauhar's writing helps us see the world as she does - clearly. To see how human beings are both awful and kind, and how often animals are far kinder than humans, and to feel the mountains and the rivers and the wind speak to you. But above all, this is a story that helps you understand the greatest mystery of all: love -- RADHIKA JHA Praise for No Space for Further Burials: In No Space for Further Burials, Feryal Ali Gauhar has crafted a novel of unrelenting truth held in transcendent prose and an exquisite grace. There is no easy redemption here, but there is light and more light -- CHRIS ABANI In writing through the eyes of an American captive in Afghanistan, Feryal Ali Gauhar has fashioned a fascinating two-way mirror in which we see the author creating an Other confronting Otherness. As in Richard Powers's hostage novel Ploughing in the Dark, the mask of character reveals as much as it conceals * * STEWART O'NAN * * An unbearably beautiful book, one you will not soon forget. . . . What Gauhar shows us is that in a war there are only those who die and those who survive, and sometimes even those lines get blurred. And that's what keeps you hungrily turning the pages -- RADHIKA JHA Praise for The Scent of Wet Earth in August: The Scent of Wet Earth in August was widely acclaimed across the globe . . . it blends Ali Gauhar's filmmaking sensibilities . . . the relentless experience of loss, of the endangered lives of the moral ""others"" - the outcasts in the much loved and hated red-light district of Lahore * * Friday Times * * Deeply perceptive and immensely readable tale of decaying poverty yet to come to terms with modernity, yet full of warmth, life and gusto . . . The rich kaleidoscope of Lahore's life emerging from the book astonishes us . . . The book is as welcome as the scent of wet earth in August * * Deccan Chronicle * * The treat is in the writing; it is vibrant and cinematic . . . Ali Gauhar's reader is a step behind the character . . . meeting all its residents, feeling the lecherous gaze of its knick-knack seller . . . Fatimah and Shabbir's secret love wraps itself like a translucent tendril around the thorny bramble of society's repression * * Indian Express * * Writing with a sharp and sensitive pen, Feryal Ali Gauhar captures some poignant moments of lives lived less. A celebration of the burlesque, a grim reminder of the parody that life can finally become * * Hindu * * Presents an aspect of reality so overpowering in its merciless grimness that one can readily see how a sensitive individual might well come to believe that this, indeed, was what real life was about, and the joy and the health of the human spirit were just fleeting visitors * * Deccan Herald * *"

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