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The Bookseller Of Kabul: The International Bestseller

Asne Seierstad

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Afghanistan, Biography: general, Prose: non-fiction

The international bestseller: 'An intimate portrait of Afghani people quite unlike any other...a compelling read' Christina Lamb, SUNDAY TIMES.

The international bestseller: 'An intimate portrait of Afghani people quite unlike any other...a compelling read' Christina Lamb, SUNDAY TIMES

For more than twenty years Sultan Khan defied the authorities to supply books to the people of Kabul. He was arrested, interrogated and imprisoned, and watched illiterate soldiers burn piles of his books in the street. In spring 2002 award-winning journalist Asne Seierstad spent four months living with the bookseller and his family. As she steps back from the page and lets the Khans tell their stories, we learn of proposals and marriages, hope and fear, crime and punishment. The result is a unique portrait of a family and a country. 'A remarkable portrait, with deftly woven accounts of weddings and journeys, books and bookselling, relations and squabbles, firmly anchored by pleasing details about food and customs, all set against the backdrop of a derelict city, filthy and crammed but not defeated...[Seierstad] was fascinated by everything she witnessed, and her curiosity and perceptive eye colours every page' INDEPENDENT

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Praise for The Bookseller Of Kabul: The International Bestseller

  • Written sometimes more like fiction than fact...this is a remarkable portrait, with deftly woven accounts of weddings and journeys, books and bookselling, relations and squabbles, firmly anchored by pleasing details about food and customs, all set against the backdrop of a derelict city, filthy and crammed but not defeated - Independant

  • Remarkable...honestly and intelligently written - Daily Telegraph

  • Fascinating...a colourful portrait of people struggling to survive in the most brutal circumstances...bear[s] witness to the power of literature to withstand even the most repressive regime - Daily Mail

  • An intimate portrait of Afghani people quite unlike any other book available on the country. It is a compelling read - Sunday Times

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Asne Seierstad

Asne Seierstad was born in 1970 and studied Russian, Spanish and the History of Philosophy at Oslo University. An internationally bestselling author, she has also received numerous awards for her journalism. She has worked as a war correspondent across the world, including Russia, China, Iraq and Afghanistan. Her second book, The Bookseller of Kabul, has sold over two million copies and the paperback was in the Sunday Times top ten for over a year. Her other critically acclaimed works include A Hundred and One Days: A Baghdad Journal and The Angel of Grozny. Following the atrocities in Oslo and Utoya in July 2011, she attended the trial of Anders Breivik and then began work on One of Us, which became a European bestseller. All of Asne Seierstad's books are published by Virago.

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