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The Silenced Cry: One Woman's Diary of a Journey to Afghanistan [NOOK Book]


Spanish praise:

"More than a travelogue, [Ana Tortejada's] account is an indignant scream against homogeneity."
- Opinion

"[The Silenced Cry] is a wonderful travelogue where fear and alarm, and love ...
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Spanish praise:

"More than a travelogue, [Ana Tortejada's] account is an indignant scream against homogeneity."
- Opinion

"[The Silenced Cry] is a wonderful travelogue where fear and alarm, and love and admiration for suffering people come together."
- Las Mil y Una Voces

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
In 2000, Spanish journalist Tortajada and two companions set out to see for themselves the effects the Taliban had on Afghan women's lives. This account of the three weeks they spent among Afghan refugees in Peshawar, Pakistan, on the way to Afghanistan and the four days they spent in Kabul captures intimate moments, conveying not just suffering and pain but also joy and beauty. With a composed tone, Tortajada allows readers to find their own rage. They'll transcend their status as mere observers of burkas to become uncomfortable wearers. Closer in spirit to a series of letters than a diary, this work covers such diverse subjects as wedding customs, governance in the camps, rug weaving, medical crises, the activities of women's groups and the neglect of international agencies. Tortajada makes vivid a world that offers Internet cafes but lacks running water. Guides and guards merge in this place where the harrowing legacy and overshadowing power of the Taliban touches everything. Although Kabul may have changed since September 11 and American intervention, the Taliban have not. Tortajada's denunciation of it is still timely and pressing. B&w photos not seen by PW. Agent, Emma Parry. (Aug.) FYI: All Tortajada's royalties go to RAWA (the Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan). Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
Reminiscent of Mahnaz Kousha's Voices from Iran: The Changing Lives of Iranian Women, Spanish journalist Tortajada's account of her summer 2000 visit to Afghanistan provides an intimate portrait of the lives of women there and the culture in which they live. Written almost as a diary of the author's travels, the book presents vivid stories of individual women that she met. Tortajada offers an in-depth look at the abominable conditions that many endure as refugees in Pakistan, and we learn of the horrors of the Taliban regime, during which women were brutalized and executions and mutilations were conducted in a public forum. But she also evokes admiration for the strength and courage of Afghan women and for the humor, solidarity, and camaraderie of the Afghan people in their never-ending quest for freedom. Fast moving, intriguing, and interspersed with just the right amounts of pathos and humor, this book should be essential reading. Highly recommended for all public and academic libraries.-Melody Ballard, Washoe Cty. Lib. Syst., Reno Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
A Spanish journalist's day-by-day account of her experiences during the summer of 2000 among Afghan refugees in Pakistan, and of her daring venture into Afghanistan to learn more. Tortajada was so moved by a refugee's speech in Barcelona on the plight of Afghan women that she felt compelled to go there. Four months and many e-mails later, accompanied by a student and another journalist who had been similarly moved, she arrived in Pakistan intent on living among Afghan women refugees and experiencing their world. Her report covers the days between July 30 and August 18, 2000. Tortajada and her companions form close relationships with the Afghan women; this bond and the warm, hospitable spirit of the refugees living in privation are at the heart of Tortajada's story. Visiting schools, orphanages, clinics, and workshops in Peshawar, listening to the stories of female refugees, and interviewing aid agency workers, the author and her comrades become determined to enter Afghanistan. They obtain visas from the Taliban consulate by pretending to be tourists interested only in sightseeing. Once in Kabul, they want to see how Afghan women are surviving under a regime that forbids them to hold jobs or attend school. The visitors find, however, they cannot leave their hotel unless accompanied by an official interpreter, who restricts what they can see. They manage to circumvent this restriction and, encased in the hated body-and-face-concealing burkha required by the Taliban, they visit underground schools for women and children, recording the courage they observe under the harshest of conditions. Tortajada's account was published in Spain prior to the events of 9/11, and so it reflects the situationbefore the invasion of Afghanistan, the fall of the Taliban, and the return of millions of Afghan refugee to their homeland. While her exposure of the Taliban's horrific treatment of women remains shocking, it's not the revelation it was in mid-2001. Evocative of a time and place, but events have rendered this dated. Agency: Carlisle & Co.
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Spanish praise:

"More than a travelogue, [Ana Tortejada's] account is an indignant scream against homogeneity." -Opinion

"[The Silenced Cry] is a wonderful travelogue where fear and alarm, and love and admiration for suffering people come together." -Las Mil y Una Voces

"More than a travelogue, [Ana Tortejada's] account is an indignant scream against homogeneity."
Las Mil y Una Voces
"[The Silenced Cry] is a wonderful travelogue where fear and alarm, and love and admiration for suffering people come together."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781466863439
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/2014
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 502,291
  • File size: 391 KB

Meet the Author

Ana Tortajada is a journalist and novelist, now living in Barcelona, Spain. Her royalties go to RAWA.

Ezra E. Fitz has translated works by several members of Latin America's new succession of writers, including Pedro Ángel Palou, Eloy Urroz, and Alberto Fuguet. He is a graduate student in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at Columbia University, and lives in New York City.

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Table of Contents

Friday, August 25, 2000. Vallirana 1
Sunday, July 30, 2000. Peshawar 8
Monday, July 31, 2000. Peshawar 24
Tuesday, August 1, 2000. The Refugee Camp 40
Wednesday, August 2, 2000. The Refugee Camp 55
Thursday, August 3, 2000. Peshawar 71
Friday, August 4, 2000. Peshawar 85
Saturday, August 5, 2000. Peshawar 99
Sunday, August 6, 2000. Peshawar 116
Monday, August 7, 2000. Peshawar 127
Tuesday, August 8, 2000. Islamabad 129
Wednesday, August 9, 2000. Islamabad 135
Thursday, August 10, 2000. Peshawar 149
Friday, August 11, 2000. Peshawar 152
Saturday, August 12, 2000. Afghanistan 157
Sunday, August 13, 2000. Afghanistan 178
Monday, August 14, 2000. Afghanistan 203
Tuesday, August 15, 2000. Afghanistan 221
Wednesday, August 16, 2000. The Refugee Camp 229
Thursday, August 17, 2000. The Refugee Camp 235
Friday, August 18, 2000. Peshawar 241
Monday, January 18, 2001. Vallirana 246
Chronology 248
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