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ii_1573341a36aefdb3Tariq Mehmood announces has written a powerful tale and his voice in the current political climate is important. Through a strong sense of the spoken word, an under-heard narrative gains momentum. This book is pure entertainment but it is also a cautionary tale. POZNA? A question embedded in a Song. What happens when people are ignored and suppressed for too long? Where does that energy go? It is the reader’s gain that this particular writer has put his own spark into Song for Gulzarina.

A suicide bombing is being planned in Manchester, UK. Behind it lie Saleem Khan’s vivid memories – some full of regret команде and yearning, others humorous and yet others overshadowed by the surreal brutality of war.

In the 1960s, he leaves his lover, his job as a teacher and his home in rural Pakistan and travels to Bradford, a town seething with racism where Asians are ‘Pakis’ and their labour is cheap. He finds a job working in a mill on an all-Asian night-shift, becomes an active trade unionist and, when the mills close down, he drives a taxi. He gives up his religion and eventually falls in love with an English woman.

But in the 1980s Pakistan draws him back. Now regarded as a smart ‘abroadi’, he gets involved as the English-speaking partner in his cousin’s transport business. When a truck driver he knows does not return to base, Saleem Khan sets out to find him and unwittingly gets drawn across the border and into the killing fields of Afghanistan. Here, among Russian soldiers, Saudi Arabian Sheikhs, American Pirs, prostitutes and wholesale nfl jerseys the holy warriors of the Mujahadeen, who take their orders and weapons from the United States, he meets Gulzarina, the woman whose life and experiences in a war without end allow him to finally make sense of his own.

‘It took me over ten years to write this novel,’ said author Tariq Mehmood. ‘I wrote it trying to make sense of a life in a war without Oil end. wholesale nfl jerseys When I began to write, I realised that what I thought was coming from my imagination was in fact coming from my past, from memories buried deep inside. I grew up cheap jerseys in England and lived in Peshawar, Pakistan when the Jihadist were the flavour of the times. I witnessed many horrors. But I also save learned about the beauty, tenderness and complexities of human relationships, which is what I also wanted to portray in this novel.’

Tariq Mehmood is an award winning novelist and documentary film-maker. He writes for both children and adults. His first novel, Hand On the Sun (London: Penguin Books, 1983), dealt with the experience of the resistance to racism by young migrants to the UK of the 1970s and 1980s. His second novel, While There is Light (Manchester: Carcanet, 2003), was set against the backdrop of the case of the ‘Bradford 12’, in which 12 young men who defended their community were charged with terrorism offences. As one of the lead defendants, Tariq conducted his own defense. All defendants were acquitted. His young adult novel, You’re Not Proper (London: Hope Road, 2015), a story of two girls struggling in a town seething with Islamophobia, won the Francis Lincoln Diverse Voices Children’s Book Award. Tariq teaches at the American University of Beirut (AUB), Lebanon and blogs at:

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