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The Sewing Circles of Herat : A Personal Voyage Through Afghanistan

Christina Lamb’s evocative reporting brings to life the stories of the abandoned victims of the Afghan war.

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Twenty-one-year-old Christina Lamb left suburban England for Peshawar on the frontier of the Afghan war. Captivated, she spent two years tracking the final stages of the mujaheddin victory over the Soviets, as Afghan friends smuggled her in and out of their country in a variety of guises.

Returning to Afghanistan after the attacks on the World Trade Center to report for Britain's Sunday Telegraph, Lamb discovered the people no one else had written about: the abandoned victims of almost a quarter century of war. Among them, the brave women writers of Herat who risked their lives to carry on a literary tradition under the guise of sewing circles; the princess whose palace was surrounded by tanks on the eve of her wedding; the artist who painted out all the people in his works to prevent them from being destroyed by the Taliban; and Khalil Ahmed Hassani, a former Taliban torturer who admitted to breaking the spines of men and then making them stand on their heads.

Christina Lamb's evocative reporting brings to life these stories. Her unique perspective on Afghanistan and deep passion for the people she writes about make this the definitive account of the tragic plight of a proud nation.

ISBN9780060505271
Book Title

The Sewing Circles of Herat

Publisher

Harper Perennial

Imprint

Harper Perennial

Genre

History, Travel Writing

Format

Paperback

Dimensions

203mm x 137mm

Date Published

February 2004

Pages

384

Weight0.340 kg