The extraordinary work of the Afghan writer Atiq Rahimi allows us a rare insight into Afghanistan. After Earth and Ashes (published around the world and made into a feature film) comes this amazing short novel about an Afghan student seeking freedom from politics and religious fundamentalism.
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Atiq Rahimi film and documentary maker, and the author of Earth and Ashes, which was made into a film in 2005.Excerpt. © Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved.:
I can feel hands stroking my head. They are warm and tender. They are nervous; they tremble.
“Mother, is that you?”
A lock of my mother’s hair caresses my face. So soft and gentle.
“Brother, are you awake?”
That’s not my mother. Who is it?
Despite all the pain, I force my eyes open. I can’t tell whether the blackness
I see is her hair or the night. I move my head a fraction. Beneath the dark hair is a woman I do not know. To one side of her, I can make out the face of a child, who says, “Father!”
His hand is stroking my hair.
“Father! You woke up! You came back! Get up!”
Are these the same voices I heard before, the same faces? No, I’m still asleep.
I’d better close my eyes again. I close them.
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Descripción Chatto and Windus, 2006. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: Brand New. 208 pages. 8.00x5.50x0.50 inches. In Stock. Nº de ref. de la librería zk0701176733
Descripción Chatto & Windus, 2006. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: New. Nº de ref. de la librería DADAX0701176733