Bed of Red Flowers In Search of My Afghanistan

ISBN-10: 0743281330
ISBN-13: 9780743281331
Edition: 2005
Authors: Nelofer Pazira
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List price: $24.99
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: Free Press
Publication date: 9/12/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 416
Size: 6.75" wide x 8.00" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 0.990
Language: English

Written with compassion, intelligence and insight,A Bed of Red Flowersis a profoundly moving portrait of life under occupation and the unforgettable story of a family, a people and a country. "The picnic of the red flower" is a traditional time of celebration for Afghans. One of Nelofer Pazira's earliest memories is of people gathering in the countryside to admire the tulips and poppies carpeting the landscape. It is the mid-1970s, and her parents are building a future for themselves and their young children in the city of Kabul. But when Nelofer is just five the Communists take power and her father, a respected doctor, is imprisoned along with thousands of other Afghans. The following year, the Russians invade Afghanistan, which becomes a police state and the center of a bloody conflict between the Soviet army and American-backed mujahidin fighters. A climate of violence and fear reigns. For Nelofer, there is no choice but to grow up fast. At eleven, she and her friends throw stones at the Russian tanks that stir up dust and animosity in the streets of Kabul. As a teenager she joins a resistance group, hiding her gun from her parents. Her emotional refuge is her friendship with her classmate Dyana, with whom she shares a passion for poetry, dreams and a better life. After a decade of war, Nelofer's family escapes across the mountains to Pakistan and later to Canada, where she continues to write to Dyana. When her friend suddenly stops writing, Nelofer fears for Dyana's life. With lyrical, narrative prose,A Bed of Red Flowersmovingly tells Pazira's haunting story, as well as Afghanistan's story as a nation.

Nelofer Pazira is a journalist and filmmaker based in Toronto. She starred in the movie Kandahar and was featured in Return to Kandahar, which she also coproduced and codirected. She currently works for the Canadian Broadcasting Company's nightly newscast, The National. She has also recently set up a charity -- Dyana Afghan Women's Fund -- to provide education and skills training for women in the city of Kandahar.

Prologue
Escape
Sleeping with Wolves
The Pilgrimage
The Night Choirs of Kabul
Token of Shame
Scud versus Stinger
Shadows on the Wall
Naseema?s Revenge
A House of Martyrs
Season of Grief
Leave My Daughter Alone
Dyana
The Tomb Chronology
Notes Select
Bibliography
Acknowledgements
Index

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