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This new BTC title presents stories and poetry from Afghanistan's past and present. First broadcast in December 2006 on CBC Radio's Between the Covers, this timely audio recording features traditional tales and modern stories that reflect the changing face of a troubled land, from writers at home and in exile. The stories in this audio collection were drawn from Folk Tales of Central Asia and from an upcoming anthology by Afghan writers living in exile entitled Drop By Drop We Make a River, edited by Zorha Saed, S. Wali Ahmadi, and Farhad Azad. Collected and edited by Zorha Saed for this recording, the stories are narrated by Laila Moos, Damon D'Olivera, Rahnuma Panthaky, Hrant Aliank, Sahar Muradi, and Zorha Saed. Stories include: -Stars,- by Sahar Maradi; -The Composition,- by Azam Rahnaward Zariab and translated by Dari by S. Wali Ahmadi; -I Have Head,- by Bahar Saeed and translated by Sherief Fayez; -Lime Trees at Dusk- by Zorha Saed; -The Wage- by Hamid Alipour and translated from Dari by Farhad Azad; -Father Tells me How to Remember Afghanistan, but I Remember it Like This,- by Azrah Saed; -Of My Mother,- by Sahar Muradi; and -The Clock- by Musa Maroofi. Traditional stories such as -Mullah and the Land,- -Why Women Wear Veils,- -The Tale of Melon City,- and -The Wise Man and the Apprentice- round out the collection.
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Zohra Saed is a Brooklyn-based Afghan American poet. She teaches Arab American literature at Hunter College. S. Wali Ahmadi teaches Near Eastern Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. Farhad Azad is the former pubisher of editor of Lemar Aftab, an Afghan journal on culture and society.
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