If Gabriel García Márquez had chosen to put in writing about Pakistani immigrants in England, he may have produced a novel as beautiful and devastating as Maps for Lost Lovers. Jugnu and Chanda have disappeared. Like thousands of people all over the place Enland, they were lovers and living together out of wedlock. To Chanda’s circle of relatives, then again, the disgrace used to be unforgivable. Possibly enough as a way to warrant murder.As he explores the disappearance and its aftermath throughout the eyes of Jugnu’s worldly older brother, Shamas, and his devout wife, Kaukab, Nadeem Aslam creates a closely observed and affecting portrait of people whose traditions threaten to bury them alive. The result’s a tour de force, intimate, affecting, tragic and suspenseful.