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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Zia Haider Rahman Narrator: Ralph Lister Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2014 ISBN: 9781494575274
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One September morning in 2008, an investment banker approaching forty, his career in collapse and his marriage unraveling, receives a surprise visitor at his West London townhouse. In the disheveled figure of a South Asian male carrying a backpack the banker recognizes a long-lost friend, a mathematics prodigy who disappeared years earlier under mysterious circumstances. The friend has resurfaced to make a confession of unsettling power. In the Light of What We Know takes us on a journey of exhilarating scope-from Kabul to London, New York, Islamabad, Oxford, and Princeton-and explores the great questions of love, belonging, science, and war. It is an age-old story: the friendship of two men and the betrayal of one by the other. The visitor seeks atonement, and the narrator sets out to tell his friend's story but finds himself at the limits of what he can know about the world-and, ultimately, himself. Set against the breaking of nations and beneath the clouds of economic crisis, this surprisingly tender novel chronicles the lives of people carrying unshakable legacies of class and culture as they struggle to tame their futures. Download and start listening now!

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  • “[Rahman’s] fascination with mathematics and the universe of ideas is contagious, and enriches the complex narrative about how we know the reality around us…This ambitious debut novel has considerable depth and scope.”

    Library Journal (starred review)

  • Beautifully written and renewed evidence that some of the most interesting writing in English is coming from the edges of old empires. Kirkus Starred Review
  • “Beautifully written and renewed evidence that some of the most interesting writing in English is coming from the edges of old empires.”

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  • One of Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books of 2014
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About the Author

Zia Haider Rahman was born in rural Bangladesh and educated at Balliol College, Oxford, and at Cambridge, Yale, and the University of Munich. He has worked as an investment banker on Wall Street and as an international human rights lawyer. In the Light of What We Know is his first novel.

About the Narrator

Ralph Lister is an actor, voice talent, and winner of three AudioFile Earphones Awards. He spent fifteen years in London theater before moving to the United States to focus on film and television. He has held numerous roles in Shakespearean and modern dramas, as well as starring roles in independent films. His voice and character work can be heard in Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl and 13 Going On 30.