The Afghans

Asne Seierstad, Sean Kinsella (trans.)

The Afghans
Format
Paperback
Publisher
Little, Brown Book Group
Country
United Kingdom
Published
28 May 2024
Pages
352
ISBN
9781408717943

The Afghans

Asne Seierstad, Sean Kinsella (trans.)

In her international bestseller The Bookseller of Kabul, award-winning journalist Asne Seierstad studied life in Afghanistan before and after the fall of the Taliban regime in 2001. Now twenty years later, the Taliban is back in power, and Seierstad returns with The Afghans, a book to help us understand Afghanistan's past, present and future, told through the lives of three unforgettable people.

In her compelling, intimate and thought-provoking new book, Seierstad introduces us to three people whose lives have been shaped by the fall and rise of the Taliban - Jamila, Bashir and Ariana - as well their families, friends, foes and co-fighters. Jamila is a women's rights activist; Bashir is a Taliban commander; Ariana is a law student who had one semester left when the Taliban came to power.

The stories of these three Afghans encompass love, loss, revolt and war as well as the everyday rhythms of family life. Through them, we experience and come to understand the lead-up to the Taliban retaking power in 2021, how the first year of Taliban rule unfolded, and where this leaves Afghans today, and tomorrow.

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