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The Resource The swallows of Kabul, Yasmina Khadra ; translated from the French by John Cullen

The swallows of Kabul, Yasmina Khadra ; translated from the French by John Cullen

Label
The swallows of Kabul
Title
The swallows of Kabul
Statement of responsibility
Yasmina Khadra ; translated from the French by John Cullen
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Genre
Language
  • eng
  • fre
  • eng
Summary
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
Member of
Summary
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
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Storyline
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Character
Award
  • ALA Notable Book, 2005.
  • Booklist Editors' Choice, 2004.
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
121705
Cataloging source
DLC
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Khadra, Yasmina
Dewey number
843/.92
Index
no index present
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorDate
1942-
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
Cullen, John
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
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  • Kabul (Afghanistan)
  • Afghanistan
Target audience
adult
Label
The swallows of Kabul, Yasmina Khadra ; translated from the French by John Cullen
Instantiates
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocm52152513
Dimensions
20 cm
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
195 pages
Isbn
9780385510011
Lccn
2003050769
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)52152513
Label
The swallows of Kabul, Yasmina Khadra ; translated from the French by John Cullen
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocm52152513
Dimensions
20 cm
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
195 pages
Isbn
9780385510011
Lccn
2003050769
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)52152513

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