The Bookseller of Kabul

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Virago, 2004 - Afghanistan - 276 pages
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Two weeks after September 11th, award-winning journalist ?sne 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 twenty years Sultan Khan defied the authorities - be they communist or Taliban - 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 gripping and moving portrait of a family, and a clear-eyed assessment of a country struggling to free itself from history.

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User Review  - Sovranty - LibraryThing

It is difficult to become emotionally attached to any of the characters in this story. However, it is just the opposite when discussing emotions attached to the characters' daily struggles and joys ... Read full review

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Asne Seierstad is a journalist who spent some time living with a Afghan family in Kabul. This book is the product of her observations depicting different facets of the lives of an Afghan family ... Read full review

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About the author (2004)

?sne Seierstad (born 1970) has reported from Russia, China, Kosovo, Afghanistan and Iraq, amongst many other countries. She has received numerous awards for her journalism.

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