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Shazia Omar
Come un diamante nel cielo (Like a diamond in the sky)

ISBN 9788896317013
Pages 240
Euro 14,50

How do you write a noir  set in the capital of Bangladesh, one of the poorest countries in the world? Plunging her characters into the sickly-sweetish vapours of heroin, Shazia Omar tells the story of the rise and fall of two drug addicts. Deen comes from a wealthy, although now impoverished, family whereas AJ was bred in the slums, but has been able to get ahead in life as the henchman of a smuggler in precious stones. Against a background of jet set parties, robberies and trips on LSD, singing Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds by the Beatles and Heroin by Lou Reed, the two get entangled in the manoeuvres of the corrupt police of Dhaka, who pursue small-fry pushers but protect traffickers. A simple noir with a classic construction: the tormented love f or a girl, the boss’s pistol and a haul of diamonds are all the ingredients of a novel of that genre, but the setting is unusual.  As they pass through the squalid and poor alleys or the tree-lined drives of luxury residences by motor rickshaw, accompanied by the classics of inter national pop and local Hindi hits, the two protagonists are on the path to a surprising and unpredictable ending.





Shazia Omar

Shazia Omar is 29 years old and grew up in Dhaka. She graduated in Psychology in New Hampshire and worked as a financial analyst for Lehman Brothers in New York. Caught up in the tragedy of 9/11, after an incredible escape from the collapse of the skyscraper where her office was, she decided it was time for  a new life. After taking a master's degree in social psychology in London, she trained in a rehabilitation centre for heroin-addicts in Bombay, using this experience as background material...