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Love and war in Afghanistan /
Alex Klaits and Gulchin Gulmamadova-Klaits.
edition
1st ed.
imprint
New York : Seven Stories Press, 2005.
description
303 p. : ill., maps ; 24 cm.
ISBN
1583226753 (hardcover : alk. paper), 9781583226759
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author
imprint
New York : Seven Stories Press, 2005.
isbn
1583226753 (hardcover : alk. paper)
9781583226759
contents note
Anisa -- Gulbuddin -- Niyaz Turdi -- Mino and Zakira -- Najib -- Mahtabgul -- Nikolai/Faizmuhammad -- Bibi Maryam -- Muhammad Sakhi -- Humaira -- Abdullah and Marwarid -- Ali Muhammad.
catalogue key
5841716
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Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Publishers Weekly on 2005-04-25:
Klaits is an American who has served multiple tours in Kyrgyzstan through the Peace Corps; spouse Gulmamadova-Klaits is a native of Tajikistan who has also served in aid organizations. In April 2004, two weeks after their marriage, the two traveled to the northeastern Afghanistan provinces of Kunduz and Takhar to collect stories of love. Most of the accounts came in Dari, in which Gulmamadova is fluent. What is remarkable about what they found, and what makes this collection ingenious, is the way that the 23-year-long civil war emerges indirectly from every tale of love-requited, unrequited, passionate, chaste, familial, extra-familial, arranged, delayed, tragic, random-and the parallel psychic burdens love and war place on the tellers. Recounted in the first person with just a name (often changed) as heading, the narratives read like compelling blog entries and cover a wide range of ages, education levels and occupations. They are frank (but not graphic), often wonderfully digressive, and are told by equal numbers of men and women. It's difficult to imagine a more welcoming entry into northern Afghan culture, or a more touching set of relationships formed, and maintained, under horrific circumstances. Author tour. (May) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
Appeared in Library Journal on 2005-06-01:
In this fascinating book, the authors, who have been involved with various nongovernmental aid organizations in Afghanistan, present the stories of 14 ordinary people living in the region today. Their stories, collected in 2004, reflect experiences spanning a quarter century. Modern Afghanistan is a kaleidoscope of different nationalities and linguistic groups. In recent decades, the country has been decimated by civil wars and foreign invasions. The Soviet invasion in 1979 and the ensuing occupation of Afghanistan tore apart its sociopolitical fabric and led to the ascendancy of a coterie of Islamic fundamentalist groups that fought one another in a vicious civil war. The Taliban movement filled the resulting power vacuum. Supported by Pakistan and its allies, the Taliban imposed a harsh system of governance that denied basic fundamental rights to the Afghan people and ran the country as a reactionary medieval theocracy. Notwithstanding the cruel nature of this regime, life somehow went on in Afghanistan. The authors' fieldwork experience in the region allows us to receive this unique insider account of today's Afghanistan: a child who must provide for an entire family, a Soviet army defector, a Taliban militiaman's change of heart. The book summons a picture of Afghanistan that one cannot get from afar. Recommended for public libraries.-Nader Entessar, Spring Hill Coll., Mobile, AL (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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Summaries
Long Description
"Love and War in Afghanistan" presents true stories of 15 ordinary men and women living in northern Afghanistan. In a quarter-century of uninterrupted war, the people of Afghanistan have endured foreign invasions, ethnic strife, a fundamentalist Islamic totalitarian regime and the unending crossfire of rival warlord factions. The country remains an object of fascination for journalists, academics and film-makers from around the world. In the midst of it all, it is a startlingly powerful experience to discover, here, the voices of the Afghan people themselves. Young lovers who elope against the wishes of their kin, a mullah whose wit is his only defense against his armed captors, a defector from the Soviet army, a woman who is forced to stand up to gangsters in Tajikistan-their dramatic stories emerge in their own unforgettable words. Whether in the sudden awakening of mercy in a Taliban militiaman, the lingering contempt of a woman for her husband's first wife, the pain and confusion of flight into exile or the resourcefulness of a child who must provide for an entire family, the real focus of these narratives is the strength of solitary individuals faced daily with their own vulnerability. Men, women, orphans, widows, widowers, Tajiks, Pashtuns, Turkmens, schoolteachers, mullahs, former Taliban, mujahedin, big brothers, little sisters, captive wives, lovers in flight: "Love and War in Afghanistan" tells their stories. Alex Klaits worked in northeastern Afghanistan from December 2001 to September 2003, undertaking humanitarian and reconstruction programs with Child FundAfghanistan and the Christian Children's Fund. Gulchin Gulmamadova-Klaits has worked for a variety of international aid organizations in her native Tajikistan, including CARE International, the Central Asian American Enterprise Fund and the Asian Development Bank. She holds a BA in economics from a university in Dushanbe, Tajikistan, although her studies were interrupted when she fled her hometown to escape the country's civil war. In addition to her native Pamiri, Gulmamadova-Klaits speaks Russian, English, Tajik and Dari.
Main Description
Love and War in Afghanistan presents true stories of fourteen ordinary men and women living in Northern Afghanistan. In a quarter-century of uninterrupted war, the people of Afghanistan have endured foreign invasions, ethnic strife, a fundamentalist Islamic totalitarian regime, and the unending crossfire of rival warlord factions. The country remains an object of fascination for journalists, academics, and filmmakers from around the world. In the midst of it all it is a startlingly powerful experience to discover, here, the voices of the Afghan people themselves. Young lovers who elope against the wishes of their kin; a mullah whose wit is his only defense against his armed captors; a defector from the Soviet army; a woman who is forced to stand up to gangsters in Tajikistantheir dramatic stories emerge in their own unforgettable words. Whether in the sudden awakening of mercy in a Taliban militiaman, the lingering contempt of a woman for her husband's first wife, the pain and confusion of flight into exile, or the resourcefulness of a child who must provide for an entire family, the real focus of these narratives is the strength of solitary individuals faced daily with their own vulnerability. Men, women, orphans, widows, widowers, Tajiks, Pashtuns, Uzbeks, Turkmens, schoolteachers, mullahs, former Taliban, mujahideen, big brothers, little sisters, captive wives, lovers in flight: Love and War in Afghanistan tells their stories, putting human faces onto a country torn by war.
Main Description
Stories of great beauty from a land lost to war, Love and War in Afghanistan presents true stories of fourteen ordinary men and women living in Northern Afghanistan during a quarter-century of uninterrupted war.
Main Description
This touching collection presents true stories of fourteen ordinary men and women living in Northern Afghanistan. In a quarter-century of uninterrupted war, the people of Afghanistan have endured foreign invasions, ethnic strife, a fundamentalist Islamic totalitarian regime and the unending crossfire of rival warlord factions. The country remains an object of fascination for journalists, academics and film makers from around the world. in the midst of it all it is a startingly powerful experience to discover, here, the voices of the Afghan people themselves.
Table of Contents
Mapsp. 8
Introductionp. 11
Anisap. 19
Gulbuddinp. 49
Niyaz Turdip. 69
Mino and Zakirap. 89
Najibp. 105
Mahtabgulp. 123
Nikolai / Faizmuhammadp. 149
Bibi Maryamp. 173
Muhammad Sakhip. 191
Humairap. 213
Abdullah and Marwaridp. 253
Ali Muhammadp. 263
Timeline of Recent Afghan Historyp. 293
Acknowledgmentsp. 301
About the Authorsp. 303
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