A Fort of Nine Towers

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A Fort of Nine Towers

A Fort of Nine Towers

An Afghan Family Story

  • Author: Qais Akbar Omar
  • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
  • ISBN: 0374709181
  • Category: Biography & Autobiography
  • Page: 416
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One of the rare memoirs of Afghanistan to have been written by an Afghan, A Fort of Nine Towers reveals 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 fled, 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 sought smugglers to take them over the border, Omar grew up on the road, and met a deaf-mute carpet weaver who would show him his life's purpose. Later, as the Mujahedin war devolved into Taliban madness, Omar learned about quiet resistance. He survived a brutal and arbitrary imprisonment, and, at eighteen, opened a secret carpet factory to provide work for neighborhood girls, who were forbidden to go to school or even to leave their homes. As they tied knots at their looms, Omar's parents taught them literature and science. In this stunning coming-of-age memoir, Omar recounts terrifyingly narrow escapes and absurdist adventures, as well as moments of intense joy and beauty. In?ected with folktales, steeped in poetry, A Fort of Nine Towers is a life-affirming triumph. A Washington Post Notable Nonfiction Book of 2013 A Kirkus Reviews Best Nonfiction Book of 2013

A Night in the Emperor's Garden

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A Night in the Emperor's Garden

A Night in the Emperor's Garden

A True Story of Hope and Resilience in Afghanistan

  • Author: Qais Akbar Omar,Stephen Landrigan
  • Publisher: Haus Publishing
  • ISBN: 1910376205
  • Category: Biography & Autobiography
  • Page: 320
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In 2005, everything seemed possible in Afghanistan. The Taliban was gone. A new government had been elected. A cultural renaissance was energizing the country. An actress visiting from Paris casually proposed to some Afghan actors in Kabul: Why not put on a play? The challenges were huge. It had been thirty years since men and women had appeared on stage together in Afghanistan. Was the country ready for it? Few Afghan actors had ever done theater. Did they even know how? They had performed only in films and television dramas. Still, a company of actors gathered—among them a housewife, a policewoman, and a street kid turned film star. With no certainty of its outcome, they set out on a journey that would have life-changing consequences for all of them, and along the way lead to A Night in the Emperor’s Garden.

Shakespeare in Kabul

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Shakespeare in Kabul

Shakespeare in Kabul

  • Author: Stephen Landrigan,Qais Akbar Omar
  • Publisher: Haus Publishing
  • ISBN: 1907822488
  • Category: Biography & Autobiography
  • Page: 220
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In 2005, a group of actors in Kabul performed Shakespeare's Love’s Labour's Lost to the cheers of Afghan audiences and the raves of foreign journalists. For the first time in years, men and women had appeared onstage together. The future held no limits, the actors believed. In this fast-moving, fondly told and frequently very funny account, Qais Akbar Omar and Stephen Landrigan capture the triumphs and foibles of the actors as they extend their Afghan passion for poetry to Shakespeare's.Both authors were part of the production. Qais, a journalist, served as Assistant Director and interpreter for Paris actress, Corinne Jaber, who had come to Afghanistan on holiday and returned to direct the play. Stephen, himself a playwright, assembled a team of Afghan translators to fashion a script in Dari as poetic as Shakespeare's. This chronicle of optimism plays out against the heartbreak of knowing that things in Afghanistan have not turned out the way the actors expected.

Dari Grammar and Phrase Book

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Dari Grammar and Phrase Book

Dari Grammar and Phrase Book

  • Author: Ehsan M. Entezar
  • Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
  • ISBN: 1450099327
  • Category: Foreign Language Study
  • Page: 163
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Dari Grammar and Phrasebook is the result of many years of research and teaching. It has two parts. Part one (grammar) is a systematic presentation of Dari sound system (phonology, word formation (morphology) and sentence structure (syntax). Each chapter begins with an introduction. This is followed by analysis of the new concepts providing plenty of examples and illustrations. Next comes the chapter summary. Each chapter in part one ends with exercises. Part two (phrasebook) is about how to communicate with Afghans on a variety of situations (topics). This part first discusses language functions such as asking, ordering, requesting, apologizing, persuading, and so on. The second part is about topics or situations involving shopping, health, transportation, security, government and so on. The relevant vocabulary under each topic is listed into nouns, verbs and adjectives. The topics also include cross-cultural notes and proverbs.

Our Shared Stories

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Our Shared Stories

Our Shared Stories

An Afghan Diary

  • Author: Emal Dusst,Jahan Shahryar
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: 9781513613956
  • Category:
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An anthology of 40+ personal stories from around the world. The contributors offer thoughtful reflections about their experiences escaping from the wars in Afghanistan, resettling in host countries, and working to rebuild Afghanistan in the past decade. Book proceeds are dedicated to supporting girls' education in Afghanistan.

The Fort at River's Bend

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The Fort at River's Bend

The Fort at River's Bend

Book Five of The Camulod Chronicles

  • Author: Jack Whyte
  • Publisher: Forge Books
  • ISBN: 1466822082
  • Category: Fiction
  • Page: 352
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The Fort at River's Bend is the fifth book in Jack Whyte's saga of the creation of King Arthur's Britain Merlyn Britannicus, leader of the colony known as Camulod, is faced with the task of educating his young charge, Arthur, future King of the Britons. Fearing for the life of his nephew when an assassination attempt is thwarted, Merlyn takes Arthur and his boyhood companions Gwin, Ghilleadh, and Bedwyr, to the ruins of a long-abandoned Roman fort far from Camulod. Once there, Merlyn realizes it's time for Arthur to become worthy of the sword he is destined to wield later in his life-the mighty Excalibur. But beyond their idyllic hiding place, forces threaten the tenuous peace of Camulod. In Cambria, the death of Arthur's father Uther has left his people leaderless, and in Cornwall, Merlyn's enemy Peter Ironhair is gathering forces to destroy all Merlyn holds dear. And Merlyn himself is struggling, because in order to make his dream of a united Britain real, he must put the person he loves most in the world in mortal danger-he and Arthur must return to Camulod. At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.

Indian Antiquary

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Indian Antiquary

Indian Antiquary

  • Author: N.A
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: N.A
  • Category: India
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The universal cyclopaedia

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The universal cyclopaedia

The universal cyclopaedia

  • Author: N.A
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: N.A
  • Category: Reference
  • Page: N.A
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Johnson's Universal Cyclopædia

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Johnson's Universal Cyclopædia

Johnson's Universal Cyclopædia

A New Edition

  • Author: Charles Kendall Adams
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: N.A
  • Category: Encyclopedias and dictionaries
  • Page: N.A
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Universal Cyclopaedia and Atlas

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Universal Cyclopaedia and Atlas

Universal Cyclopaedia and Atlas

  • Author: N.A
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: N.A
  • Category:
  • Page: N.A
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