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A Fort of Nine Towers: An Afghan Family Story [Paperback]

Item : A Fort of Nine Towers: An Afghan Family Story [Paperback]
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Author Author : Omar, Qais Akbar
ISBN-10 ISBN-10 : 1250043654
ISBN-13 ISBN-13 : 9781250043658
Publisher Publisher : Picador
Pages Pages : 416
Binding Binding : Paperback
Item ID : 100384962

Twenty-three years agoafter the Soviets left and before the Taliban came to powerKabul was a garden where seven-year-old Qais Akbar Omar flew kites from the roof of his grandfather's house. Then came the hollow sounds of rocket fire as the Mujahedin, self-proclaimed holy warriors, took over Afghanistan, and the country erupted in civil war. Omar's family fled, leaving everything behind to take shelter in an old fort. But after a narrow escape from death, his father decided that the family must leave the country.

Yet the journey proved more difficult than anticipated, and in this stunning coming-of-age memoir, Omar offers a moving recollection of these eventsa story of daily hardships, relieved by moments of joy and immense beauty. Inflected with folktales and steeped in poetry,A Fort of Nine Towersis a life-affirming triumph.

One of the rare memoirs of Afghanistan to have been written by an Afghan,A Fort of Nine Towersreveals the richness and suffering of life in a country whose history has become deeply entwined with our own.

For the young Qais Akbar Omar, Kabul was a city of gardens where he flew kites from his grandfather's roof with his cousin Wakeel while their parents, uncles, and aunts drank tea around a cloth spread in the grass. It was a time of telling stories, reciting poetry, selling carpets, and arranging marriages. Then civil war exploded. Their neighborhood found itself on the front line of a conflict that grew more savage by the day.

With rockets falling around them, Omar's family ?ed, leaving behind everything they owned to take shelter in an old fort--only a few miles distant and yet a world away from the gunfire. As the violence escalated, Omar's father decided he must take his children out of the country to safety. On their perilous journey, they camped in caves behind the colossal Buddha statues in Bamyan, and took refuge with nomad cousins, herding their camels and sheep. While his father desperately l#

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