In what Eboo Patel called “an epic novel of family life in contemporary Pakistan,” Haroon Ullah’s The Bargain from the Bazaar: A Family’s Day of Reckoning in Lahore expertly weaves together regional historical tensions and modern-day class struggles to paint a picture of the country’s second-largest city — through the eyes of one immigrant family. Against a backdrop of differing political views, religious extremism and suicide bombers, Ullah’s portrayal of an oppressive state is also an intimate look at one immigrant family. The very future of the nation is debated not only in the halls of the state house, but over dinner in households across the nation. A Pakistani-American scholar, Ullah’s portrayal is based on firsthand knowledge of regional affairs as a diplomat and field researcher; he is also the author of Vying for Allah’s Vote, a history of political extremism in Pakistan.
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