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The Bookseller of Kabul pdf is a heart-rending portrait of one man's struggle to provide books while living under the tyranny of both the Communists

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Book Name The Bookseller of Kabul
Pages 276
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Author Åsne Seierstad
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When war broke out in Afghanistan, Asne Seierstad followed the country’s first free election in thirty years. In the spring of 2002, she spent four months living with a bookseller and his family in Kabul. For over twenty years, Sultan Khan defied the authorities – be they communists or Taliban – to supply books to the people of Kabul. He was arrested, interrogated and imprisoned by the communists and watched illiterate Taliban soldiers burn piles of his books in the street.

In spring 2002, following the fall of the Taliban, Åsne Seierstad spent four months living with a bookseller and his family in Kabul. For over twenty years Sultan Khan defied the authorities – be they communist or Taliban – to supply books to the people of Kabul. He was arrested, interrogated and imprisoned by the communists and watched illiterate Taliban soldiers burn piles of his books in the street. In this remarkable story set against the dramatic backdrop of Afghanistan’s murky present and bloody past, we enter Sultan’s world: a place where books are as precious as gold and where people live in fragile hope. At once an urgent historical document and a gripping narrative featuring a cast of unforgettable characters.

The Bookseller of Kabul is a heart-rending portrait of one man’s struggle to provide books while living under the tyranny of both the Communists and then the Taliban. It is a story of resilience and courage, but also a timely reminder that humans are capable of great love, compassion and tolerance despite adversity.

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In spring 2002, following the fall of the Taliban, Asne Seierstad spent four months living with a bookseller and his family in Kabul.

For more than twenty years Sultan Khan defied the authorities – be they communist or Taliban – to supply books to the people of Kabul. He was arrested, interrogated and imprisoned by the communists, and watched illiterate Taliban soldiers burn piles of his books in the street. He even resorted to hiding most of his stock – almost ten thousand books – in attics all over Kabul.

But while Khan is passionate in his love of books and his hatred of censorship, he also has strict views on family life and the role of women. As an outsider, Asne Seierstad found herself in a unique position, able to move freely between the private, restricted sphere of the women – including Khan’s two wives – and the freer, more public lives of the men.

It is an experience that Seierstad finds both fascinating and frustrating. As she steps back from the page and allows the Khans to speak for themselves, we learn of proposals and marriages, hope and fear, crime and punishment. The result is a genuinely gripping and moving portrait of a family, and a clear-eyed assessment of a country struggling to free itself from history.

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