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From the Commonwealth Prize Winning Author of If You Can Walk You Can Dance, comes a gripping new novel that brilliantly portrays the Central Asian republics in a period of despotism and anarchy, weaving together lives linked and irrevocably altered by one extraordinary man.
High in the mountains of war-torn Tajikistan, rebels abduct inspirational UN peace negotiator, Rahul Khan. The lives of his closest friends begin to unravel.
Tessa, now married with two children, has never stopped loving Rahul. Lance, a dedicated aid worker, has used Rahulâ€™s friendship to avoid facing up to the gaps in his own life. Hugo, his UN supervisor, feels responsible for the abduction and is driven to uncover the truth. Tajik translator Nargis owes Rahul a personal debt but has secrets she cannot share. As hopes for Rahulâ€™s survival fade, each must find a way to begin again.
Set in Central Asia following the collapse of the Soviet Union, Uncertain Light vividly evokes a sense of place and an almost tangible atmosphere. With an authenticity and attention to detail that perfectly capture the nuanced compromises of relationships, Marion Molteno deftly weaves the strands of these interlocking worlds into a story of intimacy, hard choices, heartache and courage.
Marion Moltenoâ€™s fiction reflects the breadth of her life experience. She grew up in South Africa where she was active in opposition to the apartheid regime. She has lived in Zambia at a time of profound social change, pioneered educational projects in multi-ethnic communities in the UK, and has worked for Save the Children across Asia and Africa. She studied Urdu with the scholar Ralph Russell, and edits his writing on Urdu literature. Her novel If You Can Walk You Can Dance was awarded the Commonwealth Writersâ€™ Prize for the best book in the Africa region and was selected for the top 20 books in the Womenâ€™s Writers Festival in New Zealand. A Shield of Coolest Air, set among Somali asylum seekers, won the David St John Thomas Award for fiction. Somewhere More Simple explores tensions in an island community off the coast of Cornwall. Her short story collection, A Language in Common, reflects the experiences of South Asian women in Britain in the 1980s, and has been translated into Punjabi, Urdu and Bengali.