The Swallows of Kabul, Paperback
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Since the ascendancy of the Taliban the lives of Mosheen and his beautiful wife, Zunaira, have been gradually destroyed.

Mosheen's dream of becoming a diplomat has been shattered and Zunaira can no longer even appear on the streets of Kabul unveiled.

Atiq is a jailer who guards those who have been condemned to death; the darkness of prison and the wretchedness of his job have seeped into his soul.

Atiq's wife, Musarrat, is suffering from an illness no doctor can cure.

Yet, the lives of these four people are about to become inexplicably intertwined, through death and imprisonment to passion and extraordinary self-sacrifice.

The Swallows of Kabul is an astounding and elegiac novel of four people struggling to hold on to their humanity in a place where pleasure is a deadly sin and death has become routine.




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What did I learn from this book? Life was brutal for women living in Afghanistan under Taliban rule and it wasn't much better for the men. Despair and gloom abound with no happy ending in sight. I would recommend this for anyone who is drawn to a book for its characters and language and it would be a great book for discussion.Khadra is the nom de plume for Algerian army officer and the original novel was written in French. Makes me wonder what was lost in the translation - but not wonder enough to consider French lessons.

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