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Silent Trees: A Novel of Afghanistan
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0910155933, Hardcover)It s the winter of 1978 in Kabul and all seems quiet.
Habib Dil is a member of the privileged elite of Afghanistan. As the head of the powerful manufacturing concern, he has wealth, education, opportunities to travel, and a family history that gives him tremendous prestige. Yet Dil is aloof, unable or unwilling to accept the notion that malfeasance and exploitation are prerequisites to fully joining the ruling class.
Despite his efforts to avoid entangling himself in government business, he has brought a complication upon himself. He is having an affair with Miriam, the daughter of the ruthless Prime Minister Khan. Dil believes it is a secret, but worries they will one day be discovered.
One morning, he learns that his assistant has been arrested at the central depot while negotiating for the purchase of supplies. Dil is compelled to personally arrange his assistant s release, but doing so requires him to navigate through the unwieldy bureaucracy he has consciously avoided. For Dil it is a loathsome task.
He thinks of seeking help from his close childhood friend, Alam Gol, now a Colonel in the Army. Gol s path has led him to seek the kind of power and influence that Dil rejects.
Dil does not know that his friend is on a mission assigned to him by the prime minister himself, who seeks even greater power over the nation. If successful, it will solidify Gol s influence in the Government. But at the same time, Gol s actions may inadvertently put into action events that could ruin or even destroy Dil.
Dil begins to realize that perhaps it is time for a new life in a different place, but the pull of his native land keeps a powerful hold. Can he let go? And if he can, will he have time to leave before it is too late?
This is an Afghanistan that few Americans ever experienced. Silent Trees offers a rare glimpse at the country before the freedom fighters known as the Mujahideen, before the Taliban and the Warlords, and even before the Soviet invasion. Although the story is fictional, it is remarkable in its accurate portrayal of the Afghan people of all types--and its provocative exploration of larger, universal truths about the consequences that accompany unchecked pursuit of power.
In Silent Trees, Habib Dil will learn as we all must-- that when a select few ruthlessly control a people, everyone is corrupted the street vendor and the politician alike-- and suffers profoundly from the absence of liberty.
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