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The Bookseller of Kabul

Seierstad, Åsne (Book - 2004)
The Bookseller of Kabul
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From the Publisher: 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.
Authors: Seierstad, Åsne, 1970-
Title: The bookseller of Kabul
Publisher: New York : Back Bay Books/Little, Brown, 2004
Edition: 1st Back Bay pbk. ed
Characteristics: xvi, 288, 9 p. ;,21 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Åsne Seierstad ; translated by Ingrid Christophersen
Notes: Includes a reading group guide
Contents: Foreword
Proposal
Burning books
Crime and punishment
Suicide and song
Business trip
Do you want to make me sad?
No admission to heaven
Billowing, fluttering, winding
Third-rate wedding
Matriarch
Temptations
Call from Ali
Smell of dust
Attempt
Can God die?
Dreary room
Carpenter
My mother Osama
Broken heart
Epilogue
Summary: From the Publisher: 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.
ISBN: 9780316159418
0316159417
Branch Call Number: 958.1 S458b 2004
Subject Headings: Seierstad, Åsne, 1970- Travel Afghanistan Kabul Booksellers and bookselling Afghanistan Kabul Kabul (Afghanistan) Social life and customs Kabul (Afghanistan) Biography Khan family
Topical Term: Booksellers and bookselling
LCCN: 2006274444
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