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The Bookseller of Kabul by Asne Seierstad, Ingrid Christophersen

Two weeks after September 11th, award-winning journalist Asne Seierstad went to Afghanistan to report on the conflict there. In the following spring she returned to live with an Afghan family for several months. For more than 20 years Sultan Khan defied the authorities - be they Communist or Taliban - in order to supply books to the people of Kabul. He was arrested, interrogated and imprisoned by the Communists, and watched illiterate Taliban soldiers burn piles of his books in the street. He even resorted to hiding most of his stock in attics all over Kabul. But while Khan is passionate in his love of books and hatred of censorship, he is also a committed Muslim with strict views on family life. As an outsider, Seierstad is able to move between the private world of the women - including Khan's two wives - and the more public lives of the men. And so we learn of proposals and marriages, suppression and abuse of power, crime and punishment. The result is a moving portrait of a family and a clear-eyed assessment of a country struggling to free itself from history.
The Bookseller of Kabul
Author:
by Asne Seierstad, Ingrid Christophersen
Title:
The Bookseller of Kabul
ISBN:
1439566038
ISBN13:
978-1439566039
Publisher:
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Language:
English
Category:
History & Criticism
Size ePub version:
1906 kb
Size PDF version:
1433 kb
Rating:
3.9
Votes:
432
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