CBC Books summer 2014 reading list: The Fire in the Unnameable Country by Ghalib Islam


Islam breaks all the writing rules in this debut novel. Narrated by Hedayat, The Fire in the Unnameable Country chronicles a country falling apart thanks to terrorism and an epidemic, as Hedayat looks past on his family's complicated past. If you like books that challenge you - and convention - this is the summer read for you.

"Fire in the unnameable country: we wonder why. Why fire in the unnameable country that peaks flames through hospitals and schools, on a bus or a common home kaplowie. When did you first arrive. Who will we blame for the roar, buzzing cadence electrical wiring ablaze, the quake of walls shattered smithereens without faultlines, without warning. Whence comes the fire in the unnameable country that began long before my birth on a flying carpet."

Ghalib Islam, The Fire in the Unnameable Country

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