Fort of Nine Towers An Afghan Family Story

ISBN-10: 0374157642
ISBN-13: 9780374157647
Edition: 2013
Authors: Qais Akbar Omar
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Description: A young Afghan man’s searing and redemptive memoir of his family and countryTwenty-three years ago, Kabul was a garden where seven-year-old Qais Akbar Omar flew kites from the roof of his grandfather’s house. But then came the hollow sounds of  More...

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List price: $27.00
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Farrar, Straus & Giroux
Publication date: 4/16/2013
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 416
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 0.616
Language: English

A young Afghan man’s searing and redemptive memoir of his family and countryTwenty-three years ago, Kabul was a garden where seven-year-old Qais Akbar Omar flew kites from the roof of his grandfather’s house. But then came the hollow sounds of rocket fire as the Mujahedin, self-proclaimed holy warriors, took over Afghanistan.     A civil war exploded. Omar’s family fled to an old fort, leaving everything behind. Later, on a perilous trip to check on their home, Omar and his father were kidnapped and forced to labor belowground for weeks.     Omar’s father decided that the family must leave the country. They took to the road, camping in caves behind the massive Buddha sculptures of Bamiyan, herding with nomad cousins, and learning from itinerant carpet makers as they sought a way out. Mujahedin defeat brought no relief, for the Taliban had secured power.     Omar had learned about quiet resistance, and—now eighteen—he opened a secret carpet workshop, employing neighborhood girls forbidden to go to school or work outside their homes. His parents taught literature and science as the girls tied knots.     In this stunning coming-of-age memoir, Omar recounts hardships and narrow escapes, as well as moments of intense joy and beauty. Inflected with folktales, steeped in poetry,A Fort of Nine Towershas a powerful, universal resonance. It is a life-affirming triumph.

Maps
Prologue
The Holy Warriors
In the Time Before
Allah-hu-Akbar
The Other Side of the Mountain
To Be a Family Again
The Long Road Home
Under the Earth
Flight
The North
The Garden of Hamza's Father
Inside the Head of Buddha
Borderlands
Teacher
Caravan
In the Time of Shaitan
The Gold
Wakeel
Inferno
The Dog
The Triumph of Madness
A New Kind of Justice
The Prison
A Precious Jewel
The Length of a Hair
The Secret of the Pigeons
University of Taliban
Grandfather
One Knot at a Time
A Change in the Air
Epilogue: A Journey Still
Authors Note
Acknowledgments

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