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The bookseller of Kabul by Asne Seierstad

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Published by Little, Brown in Boston .
Written in English


  • Khan family,
  • Seierstad, êAsne, -- 1970- -- Travel -- Afghanistan -- Kåabol,
  • Booksellers and bookselling -- Afghanistan -- Kåabol,
  • Kåabol (Afghanistan) -- Biography

Book details:

Edition Notes

Statementby êAsne Seierstad ; translated by Ingrid Christopher.
The Physical Object
Pagination[xvi] 287 p.
Number of Pages287
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL23271412M
ISBN 100316734500
LC Control Number2003054643

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Jan 26,  · The bookseller, Sultan Khan, is a canny and shrewd business man, as well as a devout Muslim, who despite his love of books, seems to have learned little from the knowledge at his fingertips. He rules the roost like a patriarchal despot with a decidedly strict view of the role of women.4/5(). Oct 06,  · This book is about a family living in Afghanistan during the rise of the Taliban. They allow a reporter to come and stay with them for several months and shadow them as they go about their lives. The main character is Sultan Khan, a bookseller in Kabul. During the Taliban rule all books were banned besides the ones given by the Taliban/5. The Bookseller of Kabul follows the history of Sultan Khan’s book business, looking at how it prospered under a series of regimes, including Soviet rule and the fundamentalist Taliban. Seierstad delves into Sultan’s life, for much of the first part of the book focusing on his experiences as a . Seierstad is a sharp and often lyrical observer of Afghan domestic life. Even in Ingrid Christophersen's slightly stiff translation, ''The Bookseller of Kabul'' reads like a novel and is absorbing a strictly literary perspective, ''The Bookseller of Kabul'' is .

The Bookseller of Kabul by Asne Seierstad is the story of the Sultan Kahn family. The book tells the story of how people cope with the trials and tribulations of everyday life in a country with oppressive customs and traditions. Aug 30,  · The Bookseller of Kabul by Asne Seierstad Little, Brown £, pp Åsne Seierstad had a good idea. A Norwegian journalist who covered the fall of the Taliban in November , she found a seemingly sympathetic, educated, Afghan bookseller in Kabul and moved in with him and his family to write a book about them. Jul 06,  · The real-life bookseller of Kabul Rais Shah Muhammad has signed a deal to sell books into the UK and beyond, including his own memoir of life . Sep 05,  · The Bookseller of Kabul. Two weeks after September 11th, award-winning journalist Asne Seierstad went to Afghanistan to report on the conflict there. In the following spring she returned to live with an Afghan family for several months.

Provoking controversy almost from publication, The Bookseller of Kabul is a compelling portrait of an Afghan bookseller, a local hero who risked his life to save the literary heritage of his country and publicly argued for women's rights and liberal ideals. Dec 13,  · Åsne Seierstad, a Norwegian freelance journalist who wrote The Bookseller of Kabul after spending months living with Afghan bookseller Shah Muhammad Rais . The Bookseller of Kabul falls into the category of non-fiction literature and it’s an account of life of a very unique Afghan family, whose main character is Sultan Khan. He is a man who devoted his life to books and ran a bookselling business in Kabul. Mar 26,  · Bookseller Sultan Khan defied the authorities for twenty years 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 /5().