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The Resource The bookseller of Kabul, Åsne Seierstad ; translated by Ingrid Christophersen

The bookseller of Kabul, Åsne Seierstad ; translated by Ingrid Christophersen

Label
The bookseller of Kabul
Title
The bookseller of Kabul
Statement of responsibility
Åsne Seierstad ; translated by Ingrid Christophersen
Creator
Contributor
Translator
Subject
Genre
Language
  • eng
  • nor
  • eng
Summary
  • In Afghanistan, just after the fall of the Taliban, a bookseller named Sultan Khan allowed a Western journalist to move into his home and experience firsthand his family's life in the newly liberated capital city of Kabul. From that act of openness emerges this remarkable book, already an international best-seller -- the most intimate look yet at ordinary life for those who have weathered Afghanistan's extraordinary upheavals. One husband, two wives, five children, and many other relatives sharing four small rooms opened up their lives, unforgettably. First is Sultan himself, a man whose love of books has exposed him to great risks over his thirty years in the trade. He has seen his volumes censored, ripped apart, even burned in the street by the Communists and the Taliban. Each time, he rebuilt his business, hiding the most controversial texts, surviving prison, traveling treacherous back roads to Pakistan to order much-needed schoolbooks. He takes joy in selling books of history, science, art, religion, and poetry, and defends his business with a primal ferocity against competitors and theft
  • But Sultan is also a committed Muslim with strict views on filial respect and the role of women. We meet his wife, Sharifa, when she learns that Sultan is taking a new bride, as his status in the community dictates. Despite custom, it is agonizing for the mother of Sultan's children to see her place usurped. We follow their teenage son, Mansur, as he embarks on his first religious pilgrimage, which embodies all the excitement of youth's first rebellion. And we see Sultan's younger sisters, as one prepares for her wedding while another seeks a job to escape her family's tight grip. Stepping back from the page, award-winning journalist Asne Seierstad allows the Khans to speak for themselves about their joys, sorrows, rivalries, loves, dreams, and temptations. Through this close-knit household, we gain an intimate view -- as few outsiders have seen it -- of life in an Islamic country just beginning to find its way between the forces of modernity and tradition
Member of
Biography type
collective biography
Cataloging source
DLC
Index
no index present
LC call number
CT1877.5.K48
LC item number
S45 2003
Literary form
non fiction
Label
The bookseller of Kabul, Åsne Seierstad ; translated by Ingrid Christophersen
Instantiates
Publication
Note
  • First published in Norway by J.W. Cappelens Forlag as Bokhandleren i Kabul, 2002
  • First published in English in Great Britain by Little, Brown and Company, 2003
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The Proposal -- Burning Books -- Crime and Punishment -- Suicide and Song -- The Business Trip -- Do You Want to Make Me Sad? -- No Admission to Heaven -- Billowing, Fluttering, Winding -- A Third-Rate Wedding -- The Matriarch -- Temptations -- The Call from Ali -- The Smell of Dust -- An Attempt -- Can God Die? -- The Dreary Room -- The Carpenter -- My Mother Osama -- A Broken Heart
Control code
52575352
Dimensions
19 cm
Edition
First U.S. edition.
Extent
xv, 287 pages
Immediate source of acquisition
SVSU Student Association;
Isbn
9780316734509
Lccn
2003054643
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Label
The bookseller of Kabul, Åsne Seierstad ; translated by Ingrid Christophersen
Publication
Note
  • First published in Norway by J.W. Cappelens Forlag as Bokhandleren i Kabul, 2002
  • First published in English in Great Britain by Little, Brown and Company, 2003
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The Proposal -- Burning Books -- Crime and Punishment -- Suicide and Song -- The Business Trip -- Do You Want to Make Me Sad? -- No Admission to Heaven -- Billowing, Fluttering, Winding -- A Third-Rate Wedding -- The Matriarch -- Temptations -- The Call from Ali -- The Smell of Dust -- An Attempt -- Can God Die? -- The Dreary Room -- The Carpenter -- My Mother Osama -- A Broken Heart
Control code
52575352
Dimensions
19 cm
Edition
First U.S. edition.
Extent
xv, 287 pages
Immediate source of acquisition
SVSU Student Association;
Isbn
9780316734509
Lccn
2003054643
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n

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