A Fort of Nine Towers

Author: Qais Akbar Omar

Publisher: Macmillan

ISBN: 1250043654

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 413

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This memoir from a carpet designer in Kabul describes his childhood before the Mujahedin took over, being kidnapped, camping in caves and his employing neighborhood girls while teaching them literature and science in his secret shop under Taliban rule. 50,000 first printing.

A Fort of Nine Towers

Author: Qais Akbar Omar

Publisher: Picador

ISBN: 9781447221753

Category: Afghanistan

Page: 396

View: 9836


Qais Akbar Omar is 29 years old. His young life coincided with one of the most convulsive decades in Afghan history: civil war, the rise of the Taliban, and the arrival of international troops in 2001. A Fort of Nine Towers - named for the place his parents first sought shelter from war - is the story of Qais' family and their remarkable survival. A group of tenacious and deeply loving people, when the fighting came they were buffeted from one part of Afghanistan to the next 'like kittens in the jaws of a lion', setting up camp on the plains, in the famous Buddha caves at Banyam, and with Kuchi nomads, before returning finally to Kabul, where they belong.

A Fort of Nine Towers

Author: Qais Akbar Omar

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

ISBN: 0374709181

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 416

View: 872


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

Author: Qais Akbar Omar,Stephen Landrigan

Publisher: Haus Publishing

ISBN: 9781910376126

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 320

View: 4522


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.

The Persian Gulf Pilot

Author: Great Britain. Hydrographic Department

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Pilot guides

Page: 388

View: 8101


Shakespeare in Kabul

Author: Qais Akbar Omar,Stephen Landrigan

Publisher: Haus Pub

ISBN: 9781907973208

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 230

View: 7397


Chronicles the 2005 performance of "Love's Labour's Lost" in Kabul, Afghanistan where for the first time ever men and women appeared on stage together.