Zarrar Said (Author)


An assassin, accused of heinous acts of terror, begins his testimony by claiming responsibility for the murder of the Nobel Prize winning physicist, Salim Agha. To explain his motive, he begins by telling Salim's story and the tragic relationship he had with his beloved nation, Pureland. Full of fascinating mysticism, Salim's life commences with a prophecy from a levitating saint. But he is born into poverty in a feudal village and the prophecy begins to fade, yet his life takes a turn when his landlord, General Khan, sees something special in the boy and promises to enroll him in a prestigious school in the city. Salim's journey is never an easy one as he is hindered by conniving servants, General Khan's evil mother, and his internal struggle with identity. He also falls in love with Khan's daughter, Laila, who becomes his muse as well as his curse. A beloved so powerful that he vows to do anything to win her heart. She becomes the embodiment of everything he is destined to achieve. But everything starts to crumble. In an accidental act to impress his landlord, Salim inadvertently contributes to a coup d'état that derails his nation. He manages to leave for New York in order to stand on equal footing with his landlord and win over his beloved. But over the years in exile, Pureland is taken over by the Caliphate and remorse leads Salim to try and undo this wrong - and in doing so he creates vicious enemies who vie to slay him. One such enemy is the narrator himself.

Inspired by a true story, Zarrar Said's novel Pureland is a tour-de-force debut about a nation that has lost its way, its people who suffer from unspeakable tyranny, and a remorseful hero whose legacy has been wiped out by hatred.

Product Details

$24.95  $22.95
Global Collective Publishers
Publish Date
July 20, 2020
5.9 X 0.9 X 9.1 inches | 1.25 pounds

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About the Author

Zarrar Said was born in Lahore and spent his childhood between Dubai, Lahore and the US. He has an undergraduate degree in business from The Ohio State University and a graduate degree in quantitative finance from George Washington University.

Zarrar's debut novel, Pureland, is a fictionalized narrative based on the tragic life of Dr. Abdus Salam, a Nobel prize winning physicist who was excommunicated by the country of his birth and who spent his entire adult life in exile due to his religious affiliations. Dr. Salam's achievements in science and his remarkable story was then eradicated from his country's educational curriculum. Pureland is the retelling of that tragedy in the form of a love story told through magical realism.

Pureland embodies themes of lost homelands, class discrimination and dogmatic politics. Zarrar believes that societies suffer from the prejudices they keep. Pureland itself became one such story, with bookstores in South Asia deeming it too controversial to sell.

Zarrar currently lives and works in New York City.