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Swallows of Kabul

3.64  ·  Rating Details ·  5,401 Ratings  ·  647 Reviews
Since the ascendancy of the Taliban the lives of Mosheen and his beautiful wife, Zunaira, have been gradually destroyed. Mosheen's dream of becoming a diplomat has been shattered and Zunaira can no longer even appear on the streets of Kabul unveiled. Atiq is a jailer who guards those who have been condemned to death; the darkness of prison and the wretchedness of his job h ...more
Paperback, 195 pages
Published May 5th 2005 by Vintage Books (first published August 26th 2002)
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Carol I think it could work for 9th graders. The vocabulary is not too difficult. There are some mature themes in the book; however, I think 9th graders…moreI think it could work for 9th graders. The vocabulary is not too difficult. There are some mature themes in the book; however, I think 9th graders could handle it.(less)

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Aly (Fantasy4eva)

I still feel very conflicted about this book. Originally, I had planned on giving it four stars. But after having thought about it some more, I'll be settling for three instead. (reasons below)

Whilst many mentioned that their biggest gripe was getting into the book, for me that was hardly an issue. I was pretty much full on engrossed from the first page. And with a opening page starting with a woman being stoned to death, how the hell can I not be? Not only did it really make me recoil from sho
Mar 28, 2016 Melanie rated it really liked it
3.5 stars. "Furthermore, I refuse to wear a burqa. Of all the burdens tha have put on us, that is the most degrading. The Shirt of Nessus wouldn't do as much damage to my dignity as that wretched getup. It cancels my face and takes away my identity and turns me into an object. Here, at least, I'm me, Zunaira, Mohsen Ramat's wife, age 32, former magistrate, dismissed by obscurantists without a hearing and without compensation, but with enough self-respect left to brush my hair every day and pay a ...more

يد تقهر...وأيدٍ مقهورة...نساء مقموعات يحيين تحت ظلم الدين والشادور...وعقوبات بالرجم وقطع اليد والرأس...وحركة تنقل كل تفاصيلها بتكرار وتكثيف غريب للوقائع...وكتّاب يصفون حياة لم يعيشوها أبدا...
أوليست تلك صورة نمطية مكررة لحركة طالبان في أفغانستان؟؟!!

وكأنها وصفة سحريّة للعبور...عبر جسر ينقلهم إلى العالمية والانتشار...دون الحاجة إلى أن يعفروا أقدامهم ببقايا الخراب الذي يصفون في أزقة كابول وجبالها!!

لا أنكر أن في رواية ياسمينة خضرا " محمد مولسهول"...ما يشدك إليها...فاللغة والحبكة والخيال تجذبك لمتابعة
Ahmad Sharabiani
Les hirondelles de kaboul=Swallows of Kabul, Roman c2002, Yasmina Khadra (Mohammed Moulessehoul)
عنوان: پرستوهای کابل؛ یاسمینا خضرا (محمد مولی السهول)؛ مترجم: مهدی غبرایی؛ تهران، آمیتیس، 1388، در 166 ص، شابک: 9648787271؛ موضوع: داستانهای نویسندگان قرن 21 م
داستان دو خانواده افغانی ست. مردی که آموزگار است و همسرش پیش از حکومت طالبان بر کابل، قاضی بوده، و داستان مرد دیگری که زندانبان است و با همسرش در کابل زندگی میکند. مولیالسهول، چون عضو ارتش الجزایر بوده، سالها با نام مستعار یک زن (یاسمینا خضرا) ن

لم أعرف كيف أقيم هذا الكتاب الذي أخذ من وقتي دهراً بالرغم من صغر حجمه !

لماذا أخذت الرواية وقتاً طويلاً ؟ - لانها سببت لي اختناقاً ، مع كل فصل أردت أن أقذفها بعيدأالا أنني لم أستطع دون ان أنهيها !

ثاني قراءاتي عن أفغانستان بعد (ألف شمس مشرقة) ، و أولى قراءاتي لياسمينة خضرا (محمد مولسهول) - الضابط العسكري السابق في الجيش الجزائري ، ربما كان في ذلك بعض من عدم الانصاف له ، حيث قد يكون من الأفضل أن أبدأ بأحد كتاباته عن الجزائر . و لكن كون هذه الرواية أحد أجزاء ثلاثيته عن العنف الديني أو منطق الإرهاب و
Apr 06, 2009 Trisha added it
If I had a list of the most distressing books I've ever read, most likely this one would be near the top of the list! Like most people who read this short and horrifying book set in Afghanistan during the Taliban regime, I was appalled as I read about the brutality and misery that had become commonplace for everyone - most especially for women. So why read a book like this, ask readers who only read for pleasure and quickly abandon any book that might leave them feeling depressed. My answer is t ...more
William Cuthbertson
In the general sense, The Swallows of Kabul is a short novel of Afghan life under the Taliban, but (as with Philip Caputos' Acts of Faith) the real message of this political novel is more personal and more penetrating. Here is book made to question the logic of fundamentalist rule. Here also is an emotionally emptying story of how the central binding power of women has been systematically destroyed by Afghanistan’s culture of war. There are scathing commentaries given to the women of Kabul — th ...more
Apr 07, 2012 Ron rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The reference to swallows in the title of this remarkable novel is to the burqa-clad women of Afghanistan during the years of the Taliban. Swathed in fabric from head to toe, they have been forced from public life and, as much as possible, rendered invisible, to preserve their "purity" and the honor of their families. The French-Algerian author, Khadra, heightens the incomprehensibility of this kind of faith-based segregation of genders even further by beginning and ending his story with the pub ...more
Dec 16, 2016 Erin rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library-borrowed
There's no more painful love than the love you feel when you're in a railroad station and you exchange glances with someone whose train is headed in the other direction.

This book was read based on a recommendation by one of our library volunteers. With over five thousand ratings present on Goodreads, I find myself safely in the middle. The writing is simply beautiful and the author does an excellent job of placing us in Taliban ruled Afghanistan . I felt the concept of focusing on two different
Amanda Lila
Mar 07, 2017 Amanda Lila rated it liked it
Swallows of Kabul is a book that shows us a city turned into dirt and ruins because of all of the continuous war. Even the people themselves have become just as ugly as the city, which once was filled with music and happiness. Children excitedly following poor stray dogs to kill them, their innocence gone. People fighting to be the first to throw stones on a woman being executed in front of them. It made me want to throw the book out the window; so much injustice, so much sadness, so much cruelt ...more
Fatema Hassan , bahrain

لا تزال هنالك روايات تهمس لي أن أقرؤها على مهل ، و لا أزال أهمس لكم أن تقرؤوني أنا الأخرى على مهل ،،!،،

و إن كانت سماء البحرين المُزّرقة ماطرة اليوم

فلا تزال هناك وقت لعزلة مجنونة بين ثنايا رواية قاتمة معنّونة بسنونوات كابول / لماذاسنونوات و غلاف الرواية يتصيد بوركا نساء كابول الأزرق التقليدي بصورة مألوفة قد تخلو من الأناقة حتّى ( البوركا و ليس الشادور كما قدمته لنا الترجمة ) ؟ حجاجية الصورة بفنيتها ماذا تريد أن تهمس للقارئ ..هل ان السنونوات طيور مُثّقلة بالزُّرقة بدورها ؟ هل الاستدراج البصري الذ
Kim Allen-Niesen
Dec 31, 2008 Kim Allen-Niesen rated it it was amazing
The Swallows of Kabul by Yasmina Khadra is a heart piercing book about two couples living under the Taliban in Kabul. In one chapter a husband begs his wife to go for a walk with him and she finally agrees, only to have a solider abuse her and physically force her husband to attend the mosque, leaving her to stand in the heat boiling under a burka. The helplessness of both of them to protect each other in the face of such random brutality haunts me. A second couple is struggling to survive her i ...more
Faten Ala'a
Nov 19, 2013 Faten Ala'a rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
رواية لكاتب جزائري تتحدث عن أفغانستان - مدينة كابول بالتحديد- العربية ليست لغتها الأصلية فالرواية مترجمة عن الفرنسية أغلب الظن - اعتبرت الترجمة هي اسوأ ما في الرواية ! -
مزيج غريب بعض الشيء إلا انك خلال قراءتها لن تلاحظ أنه غير متجانس أبداً

الرواية تصف الحياة اليومية في كابول من خلال 4 شخصيات تتقاطع خطوط حياتها بطريقة ما ، وتف الرواية كذلك كيفية تدهور الوضع الحياتي للناس في كابول بعد سيطرة الطالبان على المدينة وتطبيقهم للنظام الاسلامي - أو ما يسمونه هم كذلك - ذكرتني هذه الرواية كثيرا بقصة رجم ثر
Apr 22, 2009 Alshaimaa rated it it was amazing
من جمال الكتاب..
لم أشعر بنفسي إلا أصرخ مفجوعة في آخره حين رأى مارأى عتيق بعد حفل الإعدامات..
جميلة كلماته.. صوره.. تمثيله..

لاأستطيع التعبير إلا بجمله التي لا تضاهى من ابتكارها
:ماأعجبني كثير ولكن تخيرّت أجمل ماوقعت عيني عليه، ويكون ذا معنى....

(المسنون جثث أهملها حفاروا القبور)
(ابتسامة صغيرة تنفتح بداخل لحيته:)
(ظله تمدد على الأرض بشكل مفرط)
(حفيف ناعم للأجنحة التي تحرك الهواء)

وكثيره هي جمله المبدعة..
قصته جزء من مدينة..نقطة من عالم..
لم يكن ليشعر بها شخص، إلا إذا عاشها..
لم أنتبه إلا حين انتهيت بأنها
Dec 12, 2008 Allison rated it liked it
A very interesting depiction of life after the Taliban took over in Afghanistan. What I found fascinating about this particular take on in, was how the author showed the reader how stressful the Taliban's rule was upon individuals. At one point of the book, a decision to take a walk, a simple walk, becomes monumental. Makes you think. As a whole, although interesting, it wasn't as enthralling as A Thousand Splendid Suns, The Kite Runner, or Reading Lolita in Tehran (yes, I know that's in Iran, b ...more
Feb 23, 2016 Sarah rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Vivre à Kaboul sous les taliban, on s'en doute, ce n'est pas vraiment vivre.
Sous une soleil de plomb, la ville est une ruine, triste et cruelle, « les terres afghanes ne sont que champs de bataille, arènes et cimetières. » À en devenir fou, ou malade.
Entre deux exécutions-spectacles, les hommes souffrent et s'ennuient. L'amour n'a plus sa place ici.
Mar 17, 2016 Sahar rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Je découvre la plume de Yasmina Khadhra avec ce roman si troublant et en même temps déchirant. Un petit aperçu de la vie dans la ville de Kaboul, au temps des Talibans, dans toute son horreur et sa folie meurtrière.

Un livre qui m'a chamboulé et qui m'a beaucoup ému.
Bunga Mawar
Apakah "swallows" itu artinya "burung camar"?

Sudahlah, jangan dibahas sekarang. Judul buku ini sudah terlanjur dicetak begitu. Pengalaman membaca buku ini selepas idul Fitri kemarin buat saya seperti menghujani diri dengan pengalaman-pengalaman yang begitu "Afghani". Selain karena salah satu soundtrack yang mengalun saat membaca adalah lagu "Sadis"-nya Afghan, bersamaan dengan buku ini saya juga dipinjami A Thousand Splendid Suns yang saya baca duluan, plus mendapat notification salah satu teman
Jun 09, 2009 Jasmine rated it liked it
Shelves: algerian

Yes yes I know karen I said this book was good. Well when I was in high school I remember being told that colleges liked people who got bs or cs freshman year and worked their way up to as their senior year. These are called rising stars. On the other hand there are things like a clockwork orange. what I mean is the movie. It is fantastic, but long and suddenly the production team appears to have gotten bored and decided to end the movie for no particular reason. Thereby making the last
Nov 03, 2008 Kay rated it it was amazing
Kabul, "the old sorceress," is the main character of this book, much as Egdon Heath is in a Thomas Hardy novel. The life paths of six Afghanis cross and re-cross there, their struggle to hold to the moral and beautiful ground into powder by the Russians and the Taliban and the endless war. One of them, Zunaira, is the personification of Kabul--her beauty holds as she is destroyed.

The writing is perfection--description of place and emotion precise and light and full of concrete color. I love boo
إلهام مزيود
"لا يمكن لأي شمس أن تقاوم الليل "

هي كابل منذ أن اسدل الليل يوما ما همومه عليها لم تستطع لحد اليوم أي شمس أن تشرق لتزيل تلك العتمة الخانقة .

مناظر مؤثرة واخرى جد حزينة استوقفتني وأنا أقرأ الرواية بدءا بمراسم رجم المرأة " الفاجرة" انتهاءا بالخاتمة المجحفة ، طوال الرواية وانا انتظر بصيص أمل يعيد البسمة لتلك الوجوه المغبرة لكن دون جدوى.

نطاق الكتابة كان محدود وهناك تكرار لما سبق وقرأته أو ما شاهدته على التلفاز احسست ان هناك هوة بين الكاتب واحداث تلك الأرض . بعد ألف شمس مشرقة لا اظن أن هناك من سيبدع ف
Feb 11, 2009 Mariestruthers rated it it was amazing
Ironic tale set in Kabul. Yasmina Khadra is the pen name of Mohamed Moulessehoul, an Algerian. He writes using his wife's name and offers a fascinating look at life under the burka.
Amber Tucker
Jun 25, 2010 Amber Tucker rated it it was amazing
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Nov 22, 2015 Učitaj se! rated it really liked it
Shelves: finished
Onako, na prvu, pomislila sam da je Yasmina Khadra ženska spisateljica, ali zapravo se radi o muškom piscu. Yasmina Khadra je pseudonim Mohammeda Moulessehoula, koji je uzeo kako bi izbjegao vojnu cenzuru nakon što je 36 godina proveo u alžirskoj vojsci. Pseudonim je zapravo ime i djevojačko prezime njegove supruge, a znači "zeleni jasmin".

Prva Khadrina knjiga koju sam uzela u ruke bila je 'Kabulske lastavice', za koju sam doznala da je tek prva iz njegove trilogije o islamskom fundamentalizmu,
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This short novel follows two couples in a Taliban-run Kabul. Mohsen comes from a family of wealthy shopkeepers; his wife, Zunaira, is a beautiful and brilliant teacher. The Taliban has destroyed their business and home, and Zunaira is no longer allowed to work. In contrast, we see Atiq, a jailer who has adopted the Taliban teachings, and his faithful and loving wife, Musarrat, who is dying of a debilitating illness.

Khadra writes with poetic detail about a city which the residents no longer reco
Nov 21, 2015 Aminova rated it really liked it
ياسمينة خضرا هو كاتب جزائري مشهور جدا عندنا ، قرائه كثر حتى الناس الغير مهتمين بالقراءة كثيرا
وانا عندي مشكلة مع كل شي مشهور ، وغالبا ما يخيب ظني مثلما خاب مع احلام مستغانمي وغيرها
لذلك لم ارد القراءة له من قبل ، الى ان جاء هذا الكتاب عن طريق الصدفة ، كنت ابحث عن كتاب في المكتبة ولم اجده ووجدت هذا بثمن
قليل نوعا ما ، وبما انني هذه السنة قررت ان اقرا لكتاب لم اقرا لهم من قبل فقلت لما لا فل اجرب حظي معه ربما تخيب نظرتي الاولية
فاشتريته وتركته في رف المكتبة الى ان انتهت كل الكتب المتاحة عندي وبدات ب
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The Swallows of Kabul, whose title derives from the flocks of women in burkas, puts an ordinary face on the Taliban's repressive regime. Mohsen releases his rage by participating in a stoning; his wife feels demeaned walking in public. By focusing on the lives of the two couples and giving the Taliban only walk-on roles, Khadra (the pseudonym for Algerian writer Mohammed Moulessehoul) renders the repression all the more sinister. His spare, taut prose depicts the bleakness that leads ordinary me

Jul 27, 2007 Renee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bookclub
In our B/C, we’ve read a bunch of books that deal with Islam in various aspects and countries. The last one we read was a novel called The Swallows of Kabul, by Yasmina Khadra (a pseudonym – the author is an Algerian army officer). Can I just mention how glad I am to be an American, especially seeing as how I’m a woman? Ok, just thought I’d bring that up. The story is set in Taliban-tormented Kabul. No one is having a good time. Khadra brings it home that life is so depressing and ghastly, so so ...more
Oct 07, 2015 CanadAnn rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015
A really great little read. Written by Yasmina Khadra, the female pseudonym taken by Mohammed Moulessehoul in order to get his manuscript past military censors, the backstory on the author is almost as fascinating as the story he writes.
The story starts with the disgusting, yet riveting, stoning of a prostitute and launches the reader headfirst into a foreign, and seemingly backward and unimaginable world, where women are without rights, without a voice and without value. While the author focus
Sep 04, 2007 Viki rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Afghanistan is a human rights black hole. The book opens with an immediate innundation of Afghan Big Brother at his worst. People crowd into an arena to witness the stoning of a woman who has sinned against society. Swallows covers two couples' relationships (a younger and an older) within the marriages, then between the young woman and the older man. A surprising interaction develops between them. He becomes her jailor, but somehow breaks free from the strictures that have confined his need to ...more
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Yasmina Khadra (Arabic: ياسمينة خضراء, literally "green jasmine") is the pen name of the Algerian author Mohammed Moulessehoul.
Moulessehoul, an officer in the Algerian army, adopted a woman's pseudonym to avoid military censorship. Despite the publication of many successful novels in Algeria, Moulessehoul only revealed his true identity in 2001 after leaving the army and going into exile and seclu
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