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Swallows of Kabul by Yasmina Khadra

Swallows of Kabul

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Persecution and misery in the chaos of life in Afghanistan under the Taliban. Desperate people driven to desperate acts. A harrowing, startling, horribly wretched tale of love, bitterness, sacrifice and death. A very chilling read. Interestingly the author is an Algerian army officer who took a female nom de plume so he would not have to submit the manuscript for approval by the army.

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Swallows of Kabul by Yasmina Khadra

Since the ascendancy of the Taliban the lives of Mosheen and his beautiful wife, Zunaira, have been gradually destroyed. Mosheen's dream of becoming a diplomat has been shattered and Zunaira can no longer even appear on the streets of Kabul unveiled. Atiq is a jailer who guards those who have been condemned to death; the darkness of prison and the wretchedness of his job have seeped into his soul. Atiq's wife, Musarrat, is suffering from an illness no doctor can cure. Yet, the lives of these four people are about to become inexplicably intertwined, through death and imprisonment to passion and extraordinary self-sacrifice. The Swallows of Kabul is an astounding and elegiac novel of four people struggling to hold on to their humanity in a place where pleasure is a deadly sin and death has become routine.

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A stiflingly powerful evocation of a country in which war has found a homeland -- Chris Power * The Times * Inspiring... Evokes the feeling of a nation's collective suffocation * Daily Telegraph * Harrowing... Remarkable... Khadra's simple, elegant prose, finely drawn characters and chilling insights prepare the way for the terrible climax... A superb meditation on the fate of the Afghan people * Publishers Weekly * A powerful human story * Financial Times * Intense, elegant, despairing prose...deeply affecting * Guardian *

About the Author

Yasmina Khadra
Yasmina Khadra is the nom de plume of the Algerian army officer, Mohammed Moulessehoul, who took a feminine pseudonym to avoid submitting his manuscripts for approval by the army. He is the author of two other books published in English, In the Name of God and Wolf Dreams. He is now living in France.

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5th May 2005


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