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Titel: A Fort of Nine Towers (1st edition hardback)
Zustand des Schutzumschlags: Fair
Auflage: First Edition.
Good+/Fairly Good 1st impression 1st ed 2013 Picador hardback, unclipped DJ, small tears to edge of pages 167 and 169, insides of DJ very stained pink and discolored due to water-damage, small tear to top of DJ spine and top edge crease to DJ, unmarked inners. Sent Airmail at no extra cost; Worldwide Shipping IMMEDIATE 1ST CLASS/AIRMAIL DISPATCH Quantity Available: 1. Shipped Weight: Under 1 kilogram. Category: Fiction; ISBN/EAN: 9781447221746. Pictures of this item not already displayed here available upon request. Inventory No: 052196. Buchnummer des Verkäufers 052196
Qais Akbar Omar was eleven when a brutal civil war engulfed Kabul. For Qais, it brought an abrupt end to a childhood filled with kites and cousins in his grandfather's garden: one of the most convulsive decades in Afghan history had begun. Ahead lay the rise of the Taliban, and, in 2001, the arrival of international forces.
Called 'poetic, powerful and unforgettable' by The Kite Runner author Khaled Hosseini, A Fort of Nine Towers is the story of Qais, his family and their determination to survive these upheavals as they were buffeted from one part of Afghanistan to the next. Drawing strength from each other, and their culture and faith, they sought refuge for a time in the Buddha caves of Bamyan, and later with a caravan of Kuchi nomads. When they eventually returned to Kabul, it became clear that their trials were just beginning.
To read this book is to understand Afghanistan as it exists today. This haunting memoir traces the unimaginable odyssey of one family whose world has collapsed. But it is also a chilling ground-zero chronicle of the beleaguered nation's darkest hours of the last three decades. Poetic, powerful, and unforgettable. (Khaled Hosseini, author of THE KITE RUNNER)
'If you read only one book this summer, make it this one.' Jeanette Winterson, O Magazine
'Omar's beautifully written book is an affecting account of survival in the midst of brutality and fear, and a testament to the importance of family and friendships in a place where neighbours turned on neighbours.' Sunday Times
'Qais Akbar Omar's memoir sets out . . . to show us the ordinary Afghanistan as well as the horror . . . Yet for all the horrors he has seen and the loved ones he has lost, there is no desire for vengeance in this account, only a profound stoicism.' The Times
'Qais Akbar Omar, an Afghan journalist and carpet-maker . . . conjures alarming images with a child's clarity: his father driving the family to safety as dead bodies sprawl by the roadside: a pit of decapitated human heads . . . his father tied up and viciously bitten for the amusement of a warlord.' Independent
'Foreigners rarely penetrate the rich cultural depths of Afghanistan. Here at last is a powerful, haunting memoir that does justice to its tough, tenacious and astonishingly good-humoured people. The best thing about it . . . is that it is a book about Afghanistan written by an Afghan.? Evening Standard
'The first true life memoir of growing up in Kabul, this is both a magical and a chilling book which conveys the strength of family in truly terrible times. Definitely on my recommend list for 2013.? Christina Lamb
'Among Omar's many achievements, his greatest is in capturing a child's world without undercutting the depth of his book. ... exhilarating and unsettling, because this is Omar's lived experience, and one that is far stranger than fiction, though written in surprisingly refined prose for a writer who taught himself English to become an interpreter for Coalition soldiers.' Independent
'A poetic, funny and terrifying memoir of life in Kabul between the Soviet Army's exit and the Taliban's retreat.' Economist
'Mind-boggling yet matter-of-fact, A Fort of Nine Towers is the memoir of a childhood in ?90s Afghanistan ? a riveting story of war as seen through a child?s eyes and summoned from an adult?s memory . . . Omar and his family spend most of the book desperately searching for a way out of Afghanistan; they have finally raised the money for a smuggler when the twin towers fall. With the start of American airstrikes on the Taliban?s strongholds, Omar?s father digs his heels in. ?I?m not leaving until I find out who these people? ? the latest interlopers in his country?s affairs, that is ? ?are,? he declares. Resilience, of course, is itself a kind of stubbornness. Overcome with love for his homeland, Omar too ultimately pledges to stay so he can help rebuild the country. ?I know it will take a long time,? he says. ?I am a carpet weaver. I know how, slowly, one knot follows another until a pattern appears.?' New York Times
'This is a book for those who love Afghanistan, for those who want to understand it, or simply for those who value deeply the best in the human spirit. It is a tale that deserves to rank with The Kite Runner.' Ronald E. Neumann, former U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan and president of the American Academy of Diplomacy
'Omar?s prose is deliciously forthright, extravagant, and somewhere mischievous, and very Afghan in its sense of long-suffering endurance and also reconciliation.' Publishers Weekly
'Afghan author Qais Akbar Omar?s story tugs at the heartstrings yet it is not maudlin or sentimental, only
nostalgic and deeply evocative of his way of life . . . His moving story will broaden your focus and understanding of an
oft-maligned country.' The Chronicle
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