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The Bookseller of Kabul | [Asne Seierstad]

The Bookseller of Kabul

For more than 20 years Sultan Khan defied the authorities to supply books to the people of Kabul. He was arrested, interrogated, and imprisoned, and watched illiterate soldiers burn piles of his books in the street. In spring 2002, award-winning journalist Asne Seierstad spent four months living with the bookseller and his family. As she steps back from the page and lets the Khans tell their stories, we learn of proposals and marriages, hope and fear, crime and punishment.
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For more than 20 years Sultan Khan defied the authorities to supply books to the people of Kabul. He was arrested, interrogated, and imprisoned, and watched illiterate soldiers burn piles of his books in the street. In spring 2002, award-winning journalist Asne Seierstad spent four months living with the bookseller and his family. As she steps back from the page and lets the Khans tell their stories, we learn of proposals and marriages, hope and fear, crime and punishment. The result is a unique portrait of a family and a country.

©2002 Asne Seierstad; (P)2005 Time Warner AudioBooks

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  • Arendse
    London, United Kingdom
    7/26/11
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    "A must read about family life in Afghanistan"

    The author, a Norwegian woman, gets the opportunity of staying with an Afghan family, the Bookseller of Kabul to be precise, and Seierstad shares with us what she sees, learns and experiences about the life of the bookseller, a society, a country and a family structure so very different from ours.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Marianna
    Horst, Netherlands
    1/30/12
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    "At what costs???"

    The book is written well, but at what costs??? Yeah, it is a great story plot, but - for the readers, written totally from a western perspective. It emphasises aspects of the culture, which are not right, like supression of women, but it sadly it never mentions aspects of culture, which are uncommonly generous in our western culture, like looking after our relatives or guests. What it does not mention is the cost - the impact of this book on the family, who so generously welcomed the author in their home, now knowing that this would ruin them and their livelihood. I did not know it when I read this book, but feel deeply disturbed by the breach of trust and confidence. If I had an informed choice again, I would certainly donate the money to the charity rather than to an author of a book, who abused the generosity and trust of their hosts. This review comes from a person from a European
    background.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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