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Kara Kush
     

Kara Kush

by Idries Shah
 

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A riveting and fast-paced novel in which “Kara Kush”—or “The Eagle,” as the Afghan-born, American-schooled, Adam Durany becomes known—returns to his homeland to lead his people against the Soviet atrocities and communist infiltration that threaten to anni

Adam, convinced that a resistance movement is imperative, rallies his

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A riveting and fast-paced novel in which “Kara Kush”—or “The Eagle,” as the Afghan-born, American-schooled, Adam Durany becomes known—returns to his homeland to lead his people against the Soviet atrocities and communist infiltration that threaten to anni

Adam, convinced that a resistance movement is imperative, rallies his followers, the ill-equipped patriots, to fight back. Idries Shah, the author of this gripping story, is the best-known Afghan writer of our time. His books on Sufism, philosophy, history, and travel, are known the world over. Shah was the descendant of a thousand-year-old Afghan family, and an author and teacher who found success explaining the East to the West. Kara Kush, first published in 1986, is his only novel: a fascinating adventure in which a gifted writer set out to inform the world about Afghan society, history, and culture. According to interviews with Shah, the novel is based on fact and eyewitness accounts.

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Library Journal
When the Soviets invade Afghanistan, they have not fully reckoned with tribal guerrillas whose leaders spring from a powerful military tradition. One of the most able chiefs is Kara Kush, the Eagle. His Whirlwind Battle-Group, fortified in caves in the mountains, attracts peasants, cooks, and even Russian deserters, and soon they are pursuing plans to destroy Soviet strongholds, seize weaponry, and punish the hated occupiers. When a fabulous treasure, the ancient Hoard of Ahmad Shah, is discovered, both sides intend to have the billions of gold coins. This novel by Afghan writer and educator Idries Shah is as big as his subject. The author brings to this adventurous tale of war his profound knowledge of Islamic legend and history. What's more, the factual framework is realistic, notably in the political circumstances and the technical details of war. Highly recommended. Barbara Conaty, Medical Coll. of Wisconsin, Milwaukee
Doris Lessing
"Unputdownable...the best war novel I have read." -- Sunday Times

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781468307818
Publisher:
The Overlook Press
Publication date:
10/23/2002
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
575
File size:
863 KB
Age Range:
18 Years

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