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The Storyteller's Daughter: One Woman's Return to Her Lost Homeland

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Imagine that a jewel-like garden overlooking Kabul is your ancestral home. Imagine a kitchen made fragrant with saffron strands and cardamom pods simmering in an authentic pilau. Now remember that you were born in London, your family in exile, and that you have never seen Afghanistan in peacetime.

These are but the starting points of Saira Shah’s memoir, by turns inevitably exotic and unavoidably heartbreaking, in which she explores her family’s history in and out of Afghanistan. As an accomplished journalist and documentarian–her film Beneath the Veil unflinchingly depicted for CNN viewers the humiliations forced on women under Taliban rule–Shah returned to her family’s homeland cloaked in the burqa to witness the pungent and shocking realities of Afghan life. As the daughter of the Sufi fabulist Idries Shah, primed by a lifetime of listening to her father’s stories, she eagerly sought out, from the mouths of Afghan refugees in Pakistan, the rich and living myths that still sustain this battered culture of warriors. And she discovered that in Afghanistan all the storytellers have been men–until now.

Synopsis:

The woman who filmed Beneath the Veil, a groundbreaking documentary about Afghanistan, her family's homeland, shares her journey of self-discovery as a woman caught between Western and Afghan worlds. Reader's Guide available. Reprint. 25,000 first printing.

About the Author

Saira Shah lives in London and is a freelance journalist. She was born in Britain of an Afghan family, the daughter of Idries Shah, a writer of Sufi fables. She first visited Afghanistan at age twenty-one and worked there for three years as a freelance journalist, covering the guerilla war against the Soviet occupiers. Later, working for Britain’s Channel 4 News, she covered some of the world’s most troubled spots, including Algeria, Kosovo, and Kinshasa, as well as Baghdad and other parts of the Middle East. Her documentary Beneath the Veil was broadcast on CNN.

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Product Details

ISBN:
9780307429407
Subtitle:
One Woman's Return to Her Lost Homeland
Publisher:
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Author:
Shah, Saira
Author:
Shah Saira
Subject:
Biography & Autobiography : Personal Memoirs
Subject:
Biography & Autobiography : General
Subject:
Biography & Autobiography : Editors, Journalists, Publishers
Subject:
Biography & Autobiography : Women
Subject:
Personal Memoirs
Subject:
Women
Subject:
Ethnic Cultures - General
Subject:
Editors, Journalists, Publishers
Subject:
Asia-Afghanistan
Subject:
Biography-Ethnic Cultures
Subject:
Biography - General
Subject:
Ethnic Studies - General
Subject:
History : Middle East - General
Subject:
Travel Writing-General
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
20041012
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
272

Related Subjects

Biography » General
Biography » Women
History and Social Science » World History » General
History and Social Science » World History » Middle East

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Product details 272 pages Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group - English 9780307429407 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , The woman who filmed Beneath the Veil, a groundbreaking documentary about Afghanistan, her family's homeland, shares her journey of self-discovery as a woman caught between Western and Afghan worlds. Reader's Guide available. Reprint. 25,000 first printing.
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