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In this remarkable portrait, Norwegian journalist Åsne Seierstad recounts with brutal honesty the day to day lives of one Afghani family persevering through life in a country beset by chaos. With the assent of the Khan family with whom she lives, Seierstad gives us intimate access to a world were women have few privileges, and where an attitude of hope seems uncommonly rare.
Recommended by Michal D., Powells.com

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With The Bookseller of Kabul, award-winning journalist Asne Seierstad has given readers a first-hand look at Afghani life as few outsiders have seen it. Invited to live with Sultan Khan, a bookseller in Kabul, and his family for months, this account of her experience allows the Khans to speak for themselves, giving us a genuinely gripping and moving portrait of a family, and of a country of great cultural riches and extreme contradictions. For more than 20 years, Sultan Khan has defied the authorities whether Communist or Taliban to supply books to the people of Kabul. He has been arrested, interrogated, and imprisoned, and has watched illiterate Taliban soldiers burn piles of his books in the street. Yet he had persisted in his passion for books, shedding light in one of the world's darkest places. This is the intimate portrait of a man of principle and of his family--two wives, five children, and many relatives sharing a small four-room house in this war ravaged city. But more than that, it is a rare look at contemporary life under Islam, where even after the Taliban's collapse, the women must submit to arranged marriages, polygamous husbands, and crippling limitations on their ability to travel, learn and communicate with others.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781419339868
Translator:
Christophersen, Ingrid
Narrated:
David, Joanna
Translator:
Christophersen, Ingrid
Narrated by:
David, Joanna
Narrated:
David, Joanna
Author:
Seierstad, Asne
Publisher:
Recorded Books
Subject:
Afghanistan
Subject:
Booksellers and bookselling
Subject:
Ethnic Cultures - General
Subject:
Islamic Studies
Subject:
Asia - Central Asia
Subject:
Audiobooks
Subject:
Khan family
Subject:
Biography-Ethnic Cultures
Subject:
Sociology-Islamic Studies
Publication Date:
20050331
Binding:
Compact Disc
Language:
English
Dimensions:
5.86x6.42x1.02 in. .51 lbs.

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Audio Books » Nonfiction
Biography » General
History and Social Science » Sociology » Islamic Studies
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In this remarkable portrait, Norwegian journalist Åsne Seierstad recounts with brutal honesty the day to day lives of one Afghani family persevering through life in a country beset by chaos. With the assent of the Khan family with whom she lives, Seierstad gives us intimate access to a world were women have few privileges, and where an attitude of hope seems uncommonly rare.

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