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Zoya's Story: An Afghan Woman's Struggle for Freedom

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Kabul was always more beautiful in the snow. Even the piles of rotting rubbish in my street, the only source of food for the scrawny chickens and goats that our neighbors kept outside their mud houses, looked beautiful to me after the snow had covered them in white during the long night.

Though she is only twenty-three, Zoya has witnessed and endured more tragedy and terror
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Paperback, 256 pages
Published April 15th 2003 by Harper Perennial (first published January 1st 2002)
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Shreya Vaid
Jan 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Khaled Hosseini introduced me to Afghanistan, to its beauty and dark present. From Zoya, a twenty-three-year-old girl who escaped Afghanistan before it got worse, I understood how a war-torn country looks like. As the back cover of Zoya's Story: An Afghan Woman's Struggle for Freedom says, "Kabul was always more beautiful in the snow. Even the pile of rotting rubbish in my street, the only source of food for the scrawny chickens and goats that our neighbors kept outside their mud houses, looked ...more
Carly Fall
Jul 20, 2011 rated it really liked it
I did like this book, although I found it horribly sad. I am also not one to be squeamish, but some of the violence described really made me cringe, especially knowing that it is very real. It was one of those books that when you put it down you thought, "I will never complain about anything in my life again."

Zoya is brave, humble, and an amazing woman.
Amene
Nov 05, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2014
داستانی مکرر از رنج ها و مشکلات زنان،البته لایه ی حفاظتی داستان بسیار پررنگ است چرا که راوی از اعضای جنبش زنان و نهضت آزادی زنان است و همواره به شیوه ی پنهانی زندگی کرده است. جزییات و تاریخ دقیق نیستند البته باید توجه رد داستان متعلق به پیش از حمله ی آمریکا و ایجاد افغانستان آزاد است. به هر روی همواره می گویند آدمیان در صدد اثات خویش به آرزو هایشان چنگ می زنند. تا به حال هر کتابی درباره زنان افغانستان خوانده ام سعی داشته اند تا باورهای کلیشه ای در مورد تحقیر و بدبختی و بی فرهنگی زنان افغان را پا ...more
Ahmad Sharabiani
Zoya's Story: An Afghan Woman's Struggle for Freedom, Zoya, John Follain, Rita Cristofari
عنوان: زویا: سرنوشت من افغانستان نام دارد؛ نویسنده: ریتا کریستوفاری؛ جان فولایین؛ مترجم: امیرحسین اکبری شالچی؛ تهران، ثالث، 1386؛ در 216 ص؛ شابک: 9643802299؛
Paakhi Srivastava
Sep 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
This is an excellent memoir of Zoya. What surprised me was the way she narrated her thoughts, memories, hopes with such optimum control. Nowhere did I find her overwhelmed with emotions. Her resilience is perhaps resultant of her emotional strength. The descriptions of men undergo at the hands of the "men" (Talibans, Mujahideens etc) imparts lessons to endurance. The will to go on with hope is what this book is about..
Maria
May 20, 2011 rated it really liked it
We are so blessed to live in a country with the freedoms that we can enjoy on a daily basis. In Zoya's country, women suffer so much and have no rights. And the violence committed against them is atrocious. Education is the key.
Kelly
Jan 31, 2014 rated it really liked it
Told from the first person point of view, Zoya's Story recounts the memoirs of a young woman growing up in Afghanistan, through the Russian invasion and withdrawal, the civil war, and the rise of the Taliban. The voice is that of the particular age and time; as a young child, we see Afghanistan through a child's eyes, the questions unanswered, the uncertainty. Should she take the chocolate from the Russian soldier or not? As she grows and changes, Afghanistan also changes, presenting new challen ...more
Ice
May 12, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: auto-biography
Now 23, Zoya was a child during the Russian invasion and a teen when the Taliban took power. The daughter of activists in Kabul, Zoya was raised by her grandmother after her parents disappeared. She now belongs to RAWA (see the review of Veiled Courage, above), a group her mother belonged to. Her reflections show the complex scars made by the tug of war between factional governments and tribal warlords, especially the effects of the Taliban.

Many of Zoya's stories (e.g., women only permitted to l
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ELIZABETH-ANNE
Nov 28, 2016 rated it it was ok
This was a difficult book for me to rate as it left me torn.
On the one hand as a person who is an empath and has a terror of torture, I felt I should have felt worse than I ended up feeling about the entire subject matter.

What bothered me a lot was the constant murder, torture, rape, etc of women, girls and children there that makes them total victims. Yet .................they do the same to their own children. They 'marry' off the children at a very young age, often to much older men for a pro
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Natalie
Oct 03, 2013 rated it liked it
Zoya’s story is a memoir about a young woman from Afghanistan and her life growing up. As a child, she lived during the Russian invasion and when she was a teen the Taliban took over, meaning she now had to live by their rules. Zoya’s parents were both women’s rights activists and worked for the RAWA, which is the Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan. When she was young, her parents were murdered by Muslim fundamentalists, leaving her with her grandmother. At the age of 14, Zoya ...more
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