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The Bookseller of Kabul
by Asne Seierstad | Literature & Fiction
Registered by keithpp of Farnborough, Hampshire United Kingdom on Friday, August 31, 2007
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Journal Entry 1 by keithpp from Farnborough, Hampshire United Kingdom on Friday, August 31, 2007

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Sultan Khan (not his real name) was a bookseller in Kabul. He defied the authorities and for twenty years supplied books to the people of Kabul. He was arrested, imprisoned and tortured. He watched illiterate soldiers burn piles of his books in the street.

Norwegian journalist Åsne Seierstad spent four months living with the bookseller and his family. The Bookseller of Kabul is her account of that time.

I heard this on BBC Radio 4 read as either the Book at Bedtime or the Late Book. I enjoyed it and look forward to reading the book. 




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