The Bookseller of Kabul

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Little, Brown, Oct 26, 2004 - Biography & Autobiography - 297 pages
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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.
 

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User Review  - SadieBabie - LibraryThing

This was a fascinating book, offering a real insight into the life of people - particularly women - in Afghanistan. The author lived alongside the family of a bookseller, and uses her insights from ... Read full review

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User Review  - abergsman - LibraryThing

he Bookseller of Kabul, a nonfiction work written in literary form, has been out now for more than a decade, and has had its fair share of controversy. Seierstad spent six months living with the Khan ... Read full review

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Contents

The Proposal
3
Burning Books
23
Suicide and Song
37
Do You Want to Make Me Sad?
78
Billowing Fluttering Winding
84
A ThirdRate Wedding
94
The Matriarch
106
Temptations
122
The Call from Ali
163
An Attempt
181
Can God Die?
194
The Carpenter
214
My Mother Osama
245
A Broken Heart
267
Epilogue
285
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About the author (2004)

Åsne Seierstad is an award-winning journalist and writer renowned for her work as a war correspondent. Her books include One Hundred and One Days: A Baghdad Journal, Angel of Grozny: Inside Chechnya, and, most recently, One of Us: The Story of Anders Breivik and the Massacre in Norway. She lives in Oslo, Norway.