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Qais Akbar Omar

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Qais Akbar Omar (first name pronounced "Kice") is the author of A Fort of Nine Towers, which has been published in more than twenty languages, and the co-author of A Night in the Emperor’s Garden, which has been dramatized by BBC Radio. He has written for The New York Times, The Atlantic, The Sunday Times, and The Globe and Mail, and he has published short stories in The Southern Review, AGNI, and elsewhere. In 2014–15 Omar was a Scholars at Risk Fellow at Harvard University.

Omar was born in 1982 in Kabul, Afghanistan. He holds a BA in journalism from Kabul University. He studied business at Brandeis University and holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Boston University.

In Afghanistan, Omar worked as an interpreter for the U.S. military.
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“I have long carried this load of griefs in the cage of my heart. Now I have given them to you. I hope you are strong enough to hold them.”
Qais Akbar Omar, A Fort of Nine Towers: An Afghan Family Story

“In the time before the fighting, before the rockets, before the warlords and their false promises, before the sudden disappearance of so many people we knew to graves or foreign lands, before the Taliban and their madness, before the smell of death hung daily in the air and the ground was soaked in blood, we lived well.”
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“Death only breaks the cage, but it does not hurt the bird.”
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