An Unexpected Light: Travels in Afghanistan

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Macmillan, Nov 17, 2001 - Travel - 473 pages
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Part historical evocation, part travelogue, and part personal quest, An Unexpected Light is the account of Elliot's journey through Afghanistan, a country considered off-limits to travelers for twenty years. Aware of the risks involved, but determined to explore what he could of the Afghan people and culture, Elliot leaves the relative security of Kabul. He travels by foot and on horseback, and hitches rides on trucks that eventually lead him into the snowbound mountains of the North toward Uzbekistan, the former battlefields of the Soviet army's "hidden war." Here the Afghan landscape kindles a recollection of the author's life ten years earlier, when he fought with the anti-Soviet mujaheddin resistance during the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan.

Weaving different Afghan times and visits with revealing insights on matters ranging from antipersonnel mines to Sufism, Elliot has created a narrative mosaic of startling prose that captures perfectly the powerful allure of a seldom-glimpsed world.

 

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This extraordinary debut is an account of Elliot's two visits to Afghanistan. The first occurred when he joined the mujaheddin circa 1979 and was smuggled into Soviet-occupied Afghanistan; the second ... Read full review

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One of the best, most evocative, intelligent books I have read in a long time. Elliot's insightful, account of his travels in Afghanistan go far beyond mere travel books. His recounting is rich in history and shows a rare depth of understanding and compassion for a people about whom the 'West' is totally ignorant. I found the book riveting and hard to put down. It is a book that will linger long after the final touching, emotionally charged page is turned.  

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One
13
Two
49
Three
89
Four
127
Five
175
Six
205
Seven
241
Eight
275
Nine
317
Ten
355
Eleven
401
Twelve
433
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Jason Elliot lives in London. An Unexpected Light is his first book.

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