A Golden Age by Tahmima Anam

By Tahmima Anam

Rehana Haque, a tender widow, blissfully prepares for the get together she is going to host for her son and daughter. yet this is often 1971 in East Pakistan, and alter is within the air.

Set opposed to the backdrop of the Bangladesh conflict of Independence, A Golden Age is a narrative of ardour and revolution; of desire, religion, and unforeseen heroism in the course of chaos--and of 1 woman's heartbreaking fight to maintain her relatives secure.

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The old life of the suburban dweller in a neat flower-rimmed detached house in one of the prettier outskirts of Liege (there are not many) was over, a thing of the past. So was his career with FN. He had taken a small flat in Brussels, later a house further out of town, as his fortunes prospered from his thriving business as the source of illegal arms to half the underworld in Western Europe. By the early sixties he had the nickname L'Armurier, the Armourer. Any Belgian citizen can buy a lethal weapon, revolver, automatic or rifle, at any sports or gun shop in the country on production of a national identity card proving Belgian nationality.

There may be more men about who do this kind of work, but without access to the files of a good Secret Service; they are damnably hard to find. And probably the best ones aren't even on any files at all. You've seen all three. » Casson shrugged. «For me there is no debate. » «I agree. The German is a bit old for this kind of thing now. Apart from a few jobs done for the surviving Nazis against the Israeli agents who pursue them, he doesn't seem to have done much in the political field. Besides his motivations against Jews are probably personal, therefore not completely professional.

For the first time Rodin smiled and held out his hand to the assassin. «We will be in touch in the agreed manner as soon as we can. In the meantime could you begin planning in general terms so as not to waste too much time? Good. » The Pole watched the visitor depart as quietly as he had come. The Englishman spent the night at the airport hotel and caught the first plane back to London in the morning. Inside the Pension Kleist Rodin faced a barrage of belated queries and complaints from Casson and Montclair, who had both been shaken by the three hours between nine and midnight.

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