The Bookseller of Kabul

by Åsne Seierstad | Biographies & Memoirs | This book has not been rated.
ISBN: 1844081389 Global Overview for this book
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Journal Entry 1 by wingAylaMeywing from Utrecht, Utrecht Netherlands on Thursday, July 5, 2018
Two weeks after September 11th, award-winning journalist Asne Seierstad went to Afghanistan to report on the conflict there. In the following spring she returned to live with an Afghan family for several months. For more than twenty years Sultan Khan defied the authorities - be they communist or Taliban - to supply books to the people of Kabul. He was arrested, interrogated and imprisoned by the communists and watched illiterate Taliban soldiers burn piles of his books in the street. He even resorted to hiding most of his stock in attics all over Kabul.But while Khan is passionate in his love of books and hatred of censorship, he is also a committed Muslim with strict views on family life. As an outsider, Seierstad is able to move between the private world of the women - including Khan's two wives - and the more public lives of the men. And so we learn of proposals and marriages, suppression and abuse of power, crime and punishment. The result is a gripping and moving portrait of a family, and a clear-eyed assessment of a country struggling to free itself from history.


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Journal Entry 2 by wingAylaMeywing at Castricum, Noord-Holland Netherlands on Saturday, July 7, 2018

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On to the next reader, have fun! / Op naar de volgende lezer, veel plezier!

Journal Entry 3 by marsala at Arnhem, Gelderland Netherlands on Sunday, July 8, 2018
This sounds like such an interesting story. Thank you aylaMey

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