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The swallows of Kabul

Author: Yasmina Khadra; John Cullen
Publisher: New York : Nan A. Talese/Doubleday, 2004.
Edition/Format:   Book : Fiction : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Fiction
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Khadra, Yasmina.
Swallows of Kabul.
New York : Nan A. Talese/Doubleday, 2004
(OCoLC)607027218
Material Type: Fiction, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Yasmina Khadra; John Cullen
ISBN: 0385510012 9780385510011
OCLC Number: 52152513
Description: 195 p. ; 20 cm.
Other Titles: Hirondelles de Kaboul.
Responsibility: Yasmina Khadra ; translated from the French by John Cullen.
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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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