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The Swallows Of Kabul
By Yasmina Khadra and John Cullen (trans)
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Anchor Books
Publication date April 12, 2005
Pages 195
Binding Paperback
Edition Reprint
Book category Adult Fiction
ISBN-13 9781400033768
ISBN-10 1400033764
Dimensions 0.50 by 5.25 by 8 in.
Weight 0.50 lbs.
Original list price $14.95
Summaries and Reviews
Summary
Their lives as a diplomat and lawyer frozen by the ascendancy of the Taliban, Moshen and Zunaira find their situation descending into nightmarish proportions when Zunaira is arrested and condemned to death, an occurrence through which she comes to know veteran and jailer Atiq, who is embittered by the Taliban's cruelty and his wife's terminal illness. Reader's Guide available. Reprint. 25,000 first printing.
Amazon.com description: Product Description: "Surprisingly tender." -- The New York Times Book Review. Set in Kabul under the rule of the Taliban, this extraordinary novel takes readers into the lives of two couples: Mohsen, who comes from a family of wealthy shopkeepers whom the Taliban has destroyed; Zunaira, his wife, exceedingly beautiful, who was once a brilliant teacher and is now no longer allowed to leave her home without an escort or covering her face. Intersecting their world is Atiq, a prison keeper, a man who has sincerely adopted the Taliban ideology and struggles to keep his faith, and his wife, Musarrat, who once rescued Atiq and is now dying of sickness and despair.
Desperate, exhausted Mohsen wanders through Kabul when he is surrounded by a crowd about to stone an adulterous woman. Numbed by the hysterical atmosphere and drawn into their rage, he too throws stones at the face of the condemned woman buried up to her waist. With this gesture the lives of all four protagonists move toward their destinies.
The Swallows of Kabul is a dazzling novel written with compassion and exquisite detail by one of the most lucid writers about the mentality of Islamic fundamentalists and the complexities of the Muslim world. Yasmina Khadra brings readers into the hot, dusty streets of Kabul and offers them an unflinching but compassionate insight into a society that violence and hypocrisy have brought to the edge of despair.

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Hardcover
Book cover for 9780385510011
 
1 edition from Doubleday (February 1, 2004)
9780385510011 | details & prices | 195 pages | 4.50 × 7.25 × 0.50 in. | 0.55 lbs | List price $18.95
About: Their lives as a diplomat and lawyer frozen by the ascendancy of the Taliban, Moshen and Zunaira find their situation becoming a nightmare when Zunaira is arrested and condemned to death.
Paperback
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Reprint edition from Anchor Books (April 12, 2005)
9781400033768 | details & prices | 195 pages | 5.25 × 8.00 × 0.50 in. | 0.50 lbs | List price $14.95
About: Their lives as a diplomat and lawyer frozen by the ascendancy of the Taliban, Moshen and Zunaira find their situation becoming a nightmare when Zunaira is arrested and condemned to death.
Prebinding
Book cover for 9781435292567
 
Reprint edition from Paw Prints (May 29, 2008)
9781435292567 | details & prices | 195 pages | 5.25 × 8.25 × 0.75 in. | 0.64 lbs | List price $22.95
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