‘Could we somehow have avoided feeding the killer at our own breast?’
‘One of the first things a child learns is the sentiment: My country is… And so begins the homeland briefing that lasts from the cradle to the grave.’
‘More important than anything else that fateful year was the life-defining transcendence of Peter Gabriel.’
‘I realized that neither revenge nor compulsive storytelling would release me from this pain.’
‘In my imagination I have been to many villages and cities in the world.’
‘All individuality is collapsed by the dog-eat-dog language of ‘us and them’ into a choice between one of two separate, irreconcilable identities.’
‘The more I love you, the more I feel alone.’
‘Mumbling is proof of artistic verisimilitude.’
‘The windbreakers of the passengers standing at the rail fluttered violently.’
‘These days the tempest of Taliban violence ripping across the frontier has shaken Peshawar to its core.’
‘I no longer feared that she would entrap me; my heart would not soften.’
‘Oh, how I love it!’
His is a force more penetrative than all the bogus machismo of Hemingway.
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