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Set in Kabul under the rule of the Taliban, this extraordinary novel takes readers into the lives of two couples: Mohsen, who comes from a family of wealthy shopkeepers whom the Taliban has destroyed; Zunaira, his wife, exceedingly beautiful, who was once a brilliant teacher and is now no longer allowed to leave her home without an escort or covering her face. Intersecting their world is Atiq, a prison keeper, a man who has sincerely adopted the Taliban ideology and struggles to keep his faith, and his wife, Musarrat, who once rescued Atiq and is now dying of sickness and despair.

Desperate, exhausted Mohsen wanders through Kabul when he is surrounded by a crowd about to stone an adulterous woman. Numbed by the hysterical atmosphere and drawn into their rage, he too throws stones at the face of the condemned woman buried up to her waist. With this gesture the lives of all four protagonists move toward their destinies.

The Swallows of Kabul is a dazzling novel written with compassion and exquisite detail by one of the most lucid writers about the mentality of Islamic fundamentalists and the complexities of the Muslim world. Yasmina Khadra brings readers into the hot, dusty streets of Kabul and offers them an unflinching but compassionate insight into a society that violence and hypocrisy have brought to the edge of despair.

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Yasmina Khadra is the nom de plume of the Algerian army officer Mohammed Moulessehoul, who is the

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Their lives as a diplomat and lawyer frozen by the ascendancy of the Taliban, Moshen and Zunaira find their situation descending into nightmarish proportions when Zunaira is arrested and condemned to death, an occurrence through which she comes to know veteran and jailer Atiq, who is embittered by the Taliban's cruelty and his wife's terminal illness. Reader's Guide available. Reprint. 25,000 first printing.

About the Author

\Yasmina Khadra is the nom de plume of the Algerian army officer Mohammed Moulessehoul, who is the author of four other books published in English: Double Blanc, Morituri, In the Name of God and Wolf Dreams. He took the feminine pseudonym to avoid submitting his manuscripts for approval by military censors while he was still in the army. He lives in France.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780307429421
Publisher:
Anchor Books
Subject:
Fiction : General
Translator:
Cullen, John
Translated by:
Cullen John
Author:
Khadra, Yasmina
Author:
Cullen, John
Author:
Khadra Yasmina
Author:
Yasmina Khadra Translated by John Cullen
Author:
Cullen John
Subject:
Fiction : Literary
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Kabul (Afghanistan)
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
20050412
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
208

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The Swallows of Kabul
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"Synopsis" by , Yasmina Khadra is the nom de plume of the Algerian army officer Mohammed Moulessehoul, who is the
"Synopsis" by , Their lives as a diplomat and lawyer frozen by the ascendancy of the Taliban, Moshen and Zunaira find their situation descending into nightmarish proportions when Zunaira is arrested and condemned to death, an occurrence through which she comes to know veteran and jailer Atiq, who is embittered by the Taliban's cruelty and his wife's terminal illness. Reader's Guide available. Reprint. 25,000 first printing.
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