Nadeem Aslam is at the top of the list of my favourite authors. This interview has just been posted on the ABC Radio website.
“If you don’t like my books, you won’t like me. I am my books”.
Nadeem Aslam on his latest novel The Golden Legend, inspired by Pakistan’s blasphemy laws.
Nadeem Aslam on blasphemy laws in Pakistan:
If you go to the police and say, this person who lives next to me, or a friend of mine, or just this stranger has said something rude about Mohammed. You’re not allowed to repeat what it was. Because then you too would have committed blasphemy. This is such a Kafkaesque situation.
So the people are on death row and nobody’s allowed to say what they actually did.