Sewing Circles of Herat: A Personal Voyage Through Afghanistan

Sewing Circles of Herat: A Personal Voyage Through Afghanistan

by Christina Lamb
     
 

ISBN-10: 0060505265

ISBN-13: 9780060505264

Pub. Date: 12/03/2002

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers

"Twenty-one-year-old Christina Lamb left suburban England for Peshawar on the frontier of the Afghan war. Captivated, she spent two years tracking the final stages of the mujaheddin victory over the Soviets, as Afghan friends smuggled her in and out of their country in a variety of guises." Returning to Afghanistan after the attacks on the World Trade Center to report…  See more details below

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"Twenty-one-year-old Christina Lamb left suburban England for Peshawar on the frontier of the Afghan war. Captivated, she spent two years tracking the final stages of the mujaheddin victory over the Soviets, as Afghan friends smuggled her in and out of their country in a variety of guises." Returning to Afghanistan after the attacks on the World Trade Center to report for Britain's Sunday Telegraph, Lamb discovered the people no one else had written about: the abandoned victims of almost a quarter century of war. Among them, the brave women writers of Herat who risked their lives to carry on a literary tradition under the guise of sewing circles; the princess whose place was surrounded by tanks on the eve of her wedding; the artist who painted out all the people in his works to prevent them from being destroyed by the Taliban, and Khalil Ahmed Hassami, a former Taliban torturer who admitted to breaking the spines of men and then making them stand on their heads.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780060505264
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
12/03/2002
Edition description:
1 AMER ED
Pages:
368
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x 1.17(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
List of Illustrations
Map
Family Tree
Beginnings1
1The Taliban Torturer9
2Mullahs of Motorbikes35
3Inside the House of Knowledge79
4The Royal Court in Exile111
5The Sewing Circles of Herat141
6The Secret of Glass181
7Unpainting the Peacocks211
8The Story of Abdullah245
9Face to Face with the Taliban277
10A Letter from Kabul297
Afterword to the Perennial Edition327
Bibliography341
Index343

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