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The first chapter from Zia Haider Rahman's most recent novel.
Lindsey Hilsum returns to Rwanda 19 years after the conflict.
Read an excerpt from Kevin Brockmeier's A Few Seconds of Radiant Filmstrip.
‘When, in that year, my partner and I acquired our first car, a second-hand Maruti 800, our lifestyle was therefore suddenly amplified.’
‘This world, he went on, is more overrun by plagiarists, bootleggers and imitators than anyone cares to realize.’
‘She’d never understood why people needed to sleep. To her, sleep seemed to be a punishment, an impossible obligation.’
My mother refers to it as my ‘nice Japanese bag’, which is accurate, but also tinged with irony . . .’
‘"They’re called shibitobana. Dead man’s flower," my grandfather mumbled.’
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