The Bookseller of Kabul
For more than twenty years Sultan Khan defied the authorities - be they communist or Taliban - to supply books to the people of Kabul. He was arrested, interrogated and imprisoned by the communists, and watched illiterate Taliban soldiers bur...more
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Basically the situation is like this: a woman journalist is in Kabul after 9/11. She meets this bookseller, lives with his family a few months with only 3 people in the family speaking English and then she writes a book about them.
First of all, having lived abroad and lived abroad with families, you can't know a family the way this author pretends to in that time. We don't even kn ...more
You think, after reading the forward and the beginning of the book, that the bookseller will be a progressive man, but his love for his country's history and its literary heritage is his only redeeming quality and yet the very reason he is such a bastard toward his family. Everything comes second to his passion.
In the wake of the Taliban's withdrawal we see them slowly try to regain their f ...more
Coming from a liberal Norwegian society, and being a young journalist, it is expected that the book will be written from a pessimistic, typical journalistic point of view. In fact, I struggled to get ...more
I wasn't going to write a review of this book at all until I read some of the other reviews posted here and became horrified at their castigation of Ms. Seierstad.
I liked this book BECAUSE it doesn't read like investigative journalism. Seirstad never once pretends that she's being unbiased and doesn't apologize for the obvious slant. Frankly, her slant is wha ...more
المجتمع الأفغانى من اهم المجتمعات دى . نظرا للتحولات العنيفه التى تعرض لها والظلم الشديد الذى طال الكثير من مواطنيه
هذا الكتاب هو تقرير صحفى طويل من اروع ما يكون .
اذا كنت من عشاق الروايه ستجد صيغته روائيه وممتعه
وان كنت من عشاق الصحافه ستجده يروى نهمك الصحفى
وان كنت من هواة التاريخ ستجد معلومات مهمه جدا فيه
فى المجمل هو عمل شامل . وواقعى جدا
الترجمه كانت ممتازة وأوصلت المعلومه بكل دقه
صحفيه عاشت ضيفه على أسرة أفغانيه لشهور لتسجل هذه الشهاده الحيه
من خل ...more
Seierstad, a Norwegian journalist, stayed as a guest of the bookseller of Kabul of the title shortly after the fall of the Taliban. (view spoiler)[It is odd really that the USA ended up raining bombs on the Taliban. There's a common current between some political persuasions in the USA and the Taliban, both really dislike women having pre-martial sex, both are strongly inspired by the Bible ...more
All right, just finished it. It was interesting and page-turning, but the author's tone really ag ...more
The book didn't flow very well either. At times I wasn't sure if I was reading a book or a collection of magazine articles. The author represents the people and events as ...more
عنوان: کتابفروش کابل؛ نویسنده: اسن سیراستاد (سی شتاد)؛ برگردان: زهره خلیلی؛ مشخصات نشر: تهران، قطره، 1384، در 328، صفحه، موضوغ: افغانستان، آداب و رسوم، زندگی اجتماعی، خاطرات، کابل، افغانستان، سیر و سیاحت - قرن 21 م
بائع الكتب في كابول
للصحفية و المراسلة النرويجية ( آسني سييرستاد )
خلافًا لما يتوقعه القارئ بناءًا على العنوان من إنصات لبيواغرفية بائع الكتب .. فالكتاب عبارة عن حالة توثيق شاملة لبيوغرافية المجتمع الأفغاني و إقتفاء لعاداته وتقاليده و رصد للتغييرات التي تنطوي عليها بلد مهمش و متكتم كأفغانستان ذو الأكثرية المسلمة الذي تعاقبت فيه الأنظمة و تناقلت السلطة في فترة متقاربة من نظام لنظام مما أدى لتدني مستوى معيشي على كل الأصعدة ، و بيوغرافية الفرد جزء لا يتجزأ من بيوغرافية المجتمع لذلك أعجبتني المناصفة ...more
After Taliban's rule in the country, Afghanistan tried to set up their country back to how a democracy should be. Tried to rule out all the old laws made by Taliban. The story is both a nation which was determined and believed in rising up after loosing its freedom to gunmen.
"This is how first-year schoolchildren lear ...more
عائليه أفغانيه الذي استطاع صحفي غربي كتابته على الإطلاق
تستطيع فعلاً تخيل الجدران االمثقوبه بالرصاص و مشاهدة الأطفال الذين يسيل المخاط من انوفهم و تشعر بلذة استمتاعهم بتناول الأطعمه الغنيه بالدهن و اللحم و الأرز كما تشعر بالتعاطف مع جميع شخصيات القصه بدءً من بيبي غول الجده الا ...more
Only this isn't about tourism, it's about the pain and suffering of an entire country that hasn't known peace and respect for as long as they can remember. Patronizing them and their "inferior" culture isn't just tasteless, it's downright damna ...more
I am not sure I like the way the story reads, In spring 2002 award winning journalist Asne Seiratad spent four months living with the bookseller and his family but while the story is told ...more
The premise of the book is this: Its non-fiction, written in novel form. Basically, this author (female from Norway) lived with a family for a period of time and interviewed them about their family. So you get the honest workings and day to day life of this family. The are really far from normal. They are all literate(rare for Afghanistan), as the father is a bookseller, and some of them have ...more
A country which is war torn by more than 30 years of war and is finally trying to rebuild itself but is constantly threatened by the dogma of internal dissidents and the ambiguities of its own citizens- who are thrown in between the complex fabric of a phase where they are happy to be free, st ...more
أما عن رأيي بالكتاب فلم يضف لي الكثير. صوّر حياتهم بطريقة ك ...more
ETA: I should have said that ATSS is similar to Bookseller, as Bookseller pre-dates it by several years.
قصة دولة لم تذق طعم السلام لعقود خلت , دولة عانت وما زالت تعاني الفقر والجهل والحرمان , تقصها لنا الكاتبة في صفحات هذا الكتاب .
Who? What? When? Where? Why?
I assume how for young Seierstad was the same.
Then she became talented enough as a journalist for being a reporter. And as a correspondant she became talented enough to choose her own stories. Then for following the stories she chose, she went to dangerous countries such as Serbia, Iraq or Chechnya. And Afghanistan.
At some point Aasne Seierstad decided that those 5 Ws weren ...more
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