Opium Nation: Child Brides, Drug Lords, and One Woman's Journey Through Afghanistan

Opium Nation: Child Brides, Drug Lords, and One Woman's Journey Through Afghanistan

by Fariba Nawa

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Overview

Afghan-American journalist Fariba Nawa delivers a revealing and deeply personal explorationof Afghanistan and the drug trade which rules the country, from corruptofficials to warlords and child brides and beyond. KhaledHosseini, author of The Kite Runner and AThousand Splendid Suns calls Opium Nation “an insightful andinformative look at the global challenge of Afghan drug trade. Fariba Nawa weaves her personalstory of reconnecting with her homeland after 9/11 with a very engagingnarrative that chronicles Afghanistan’s dangerous descent into opiumtrafficking…and most revealingly, how the drug trade has damaged the lives ofordinary Afghan people.” Readers of Gayle Lemmon Tzemach’sThe Dressmaker of Khair Khanaand Rory Stewart’s The Places Between will find Nawa’spersonal, piercing, journalistic tale to be an indispensable addition to thecultural criticism covering this dire global crisis.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062100610
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 11/08/2011
Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 183,669
File size: 11 MB
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About the Author

Fariba Nawa has written for the San Francisco Chronicle, the Christian Science Monitor, Mother Jones, The Sunday Times Magazine (London), Newsday, and the Village Voice. She has been a guest on CBS’s 48 Hours as well as numerous other television and radio shows on NPR, the BBC, MTV, and NBC. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and two daughters.

Table of Contents

Prologue 1

1 Home After Eighteen Years 5

2 Four Decades of Unrest 30

3 A Struggle for Coherency 55

4 My Father's Voyage 69

5 Meeting Darya 90

6 A Smuggling Tradition 106

7 The Opium Bride 118

8 Traveling on the Border of Death 128

9 Where the Poppies Bloom 149

10 The Smiles of Badakhshan 168

11 My Mother's Kabul 183

12 Women on Both Sides of the Law 199

13 Adventures in Karte Parwan 216

14 Raids in Takhar 230

15 Uprisings Against Warlords 242

16 The Good Agents 258

17 In Search of Darya 273

18 Through the Mesh 287

19 Letting Go 305

Epilogue 314

Acknowledgments 319

Notes 321

Bibliography 335

Index 345

What People are Saying About This

Khaled Hosseini

“Insightful and informative. . . . Fariba Nawa weaves her personal story of reconnecting with her homeland after 9/11 with a very engaging narrative that chronicles Afghanistan’s dangerous descent into opium trafficking . . . [and] how the drug trade has damaged the lives of ordinary Afghan people.”

Firoozeh Dumas

Opium Nation brings much needed depth and complexity to any conversation involving Afghanistan and its future. Fariba Nawa writes with the detailed eye of a journalist, the warmth of a proud Afghan and the nuanced perspective of someone effortlessly straddling the East and the West.”

Barnett R. Rubin

“Journalists, policy makers, and scholars have written on the Afghan drug trade, but no one has shown its human drama and toll like Fariba Nawa. [She] offers a unique view of the human side of this conflict in which we are so deeply engaged.”

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