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Swallows of Kabul

by Yasmina Khadra

eBooks of the Month Modern and Classic Literary Fiction

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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.


Comparison: J M Coetzee, Rachel Seiffert, Bernhard Schlink.
Similar this month: William Nicholson.

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Swallows of Kabul Synopsis

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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ISBN: 9780099466024
Publication date: 05/05/2005
Publisher: Vintage
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780099466024
Publication date: 5th May 2005
Author: Yasmina Khadra
Publisher: Vintage
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 208 pages
Genres: eBook Favourites, Literary Fiction,
Categories: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945),

About 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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