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Written by Elizabeth Shaw
The protagonist of this novel is Deven, a disillusioned literature professor. He becomes very excited when he gets the chance to interview one of his former idols, the great Urdu poet Nur. However, upon meeting Nur, Deven is shocked to discover his idol isn't what he seems.
The great Urdu poet Nur is a key focus in this novel. He is saddened by the fact that the language Urdu is becoming scarce, and is reluctant to complete the interview. He is shown to live in terrible living conditions, which puts Deven off interviewing him.
Murad is Deven's friend, who convinces Deven to complete the interview with Nur. When Deven is doubtful and reluctant to carry on, Murad manipulates him into continuing.
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