The Assassin's Song

The Assassin's Song

[a Novel]

Book - 2007
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M.G. Vassanji's magnificent new novel provides further proof of his unique, wide ranging and profound genius. The Assassin's Song is a shining study of the conflict between ancient loyalties and modern desires, a conflict that creates turmoil the world over - and it is at once an intimate portrait of one man's painful struggle to hold the earthly and the spiritual in balance. In The Assassin's Song, Karsan Dargawalla tells the story of the medieval Sufi shrine of Pirbaag, and his betrayal of its legacy. But Karsan's conflicted attempt to settle accounts quickly blossoms into a layered tale that spans centuries: from the mysterious Nur Fazal's spiritual journeys through thirteenth century India, to his shrine's eventual destruction in the horrifying riots of 2002. From the age of eleven, Karsan has been told that one day he will succeed his father as guardian of the Shrine of the Wanderer: as the highest spiritual authority in their region, he will be God's representative to the multitudes who come to the shrine for penance and worship. But Karsan's longings are simpler: to play cricket with his friends, to discover more of the exciting world he reads about in the newspapers his friend Raja Singh, a truck driver, brings him from all over India. Half on a whim, Karsan applies to study at Harvard, but when he is unexpectedly offered a scholarship there he must try to meld his family's wishes with his own yearnings. Two years immersed in the intellectual and sexual ferment of America splits him further, until finally Karsan abdicates his successorship to the eight hundred-year-old throne. But even as Karsan succeeds in his ordinary life - marrying and having ason, becoming a professor in suburban British Columbia - his heritage haunts him in unexpected ways. And after tragedy strikes, both in Canada and Pirbaag, he is drawn back across thirty years of silence and separation to discover what, if anything, is left for him in India. Both sweeping and intimate, The Assassin's Song is a great novel in the grandest sense: a book that captures the intricate complexities of the individual conscience even as it grippingly portrays entire civilizations in tumult.
Publisher: Toronto : Doubleday Canada, c2007
ISBN: 9780385663519
9780385680806
Branch Call Number: VASSA
Characteristics: 313 p

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Nov 22, 2011

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librarychik
Jun 02, 2008

Enjoyable but I really had to pay attention. The story moved around in time, to the distant past and near past and also geographically. Engaging and well written

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Cabby
Feb 08, 2008

Amazon.ca top 25 books of 2007.

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