9781400033768

The Swallows Of Kabul

ISBN 10: 1400033764 / 1-4000-3376-4
ISBN 13: 9781400033768
Publisher: Anchor Books
Publication Date: 2005
Binding: Softcover
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Set in Kabul under the rule of the Taliban, this extraordinary novel takes readers into the lives of two couples: Mohsen, who comes from a family of wealthy shopkeepers whom the Taliban has destroyed; Zunaira, his wife, exceedingly beautiful, who was once a brilliant teacher and is now no longer allowed to leave her home without an escort or covering her face. Intersecting their world is Atiq, a prison keeper, a man who has sincerely adopted the Taliban ideology and struggles to keep his faith, and his wife, Musarrat, who once rescued Atiq and is now dying of sickness and despair.
Desperate, exhausted Mohsen wanders through Kabul when he is surrounded by a crowd about to stone an adulterous woman. Numbed by the hysterical atmosphere and drawn into their rage, he too throws stones at the face of the condemned woman buried up to her waist. With this gesture the lives of all four protagonists move toward their destinies.
The Swallows of Kabul is a dazzling novel written with compassion and exquisite detail by one of the most lucid writers about the mentality of Islamic fundamentalists and the complexities of the Muslim world. Yasmina Khadra brings readers into the hot, dusty streets of Kabul and offers them an unflinching but compassionate insight into a society that violence and hypocrisy have brought to the edge of despair.


Review:

"A bleak, terse tale....Khadra's latest is informed by a fine ironic intelligence, and its message is not an easy one to shake off."

Kirkus, 11/15/2003

Review:

"[A] surprisingly tender book. The surprise is not that it renders slaughter palpable, or that it sets off religiosity from radicalism, but that amid the terror a classic story about love sneaks through: love lost, love imagined, love morphed into madness....[Khadra] has made beautiful art of the terror he knew firsthand."

Lenora Todaro, New York Times Book Review, 02/29/2004

 

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