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The Sewing Circles of Herat: A Personal Voyage Through Afghanistan (2002)
Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0060505273, Paperback)
Twenty-one-year-old Christina Lamb left suburban England for Peshawar on the frontier of the Afghan war. Captivated, she spent two years tracking the final stages of the mujaheddin victory over the Soviets, as Afghan friends smuggled her in and out of their country in a variety of guises.
Returning to Afghanistan after the attacks on the World Trade Center to report for Britain's Sunday Telegraph, Lamb discovered the people no one else had written about: the abandoned victims of almost a quarter century of war. Among them, the brave women writers of Herat who risked their lives to carry on a literary tradition under the guise of sewing circles; the princess whose palace was surrounded by tanks on the eve of her wedding; the artist who painted out all the people in his works to prevent them from being destroyed by the Taliban; and Khalil Ahmed Hassani, a former Taliban torturer who admitted to breaking the spines of men and then making them stand on their heads.
Christina Lamb's evocative reporting brings to life these stories. Her unique perspective on Afghanistan and deep passion for the people she writes about make this the definitive account of the tragic plight of a proud nation.
(retrieved from Amazon Wed, 09 Jan 2013 21:44:53 -0500)
"A gold-inscribed invitation to a wedding in a foreign land led Christina Lamb to abandon suburban England for the wilds of Peshawar on the frontier of the Afghan war. She found herself drawn into the lives of the people who smuggled her into their country to cover the final stages of the mujaheddin victory over the Soviet army." "Among them was Hamid Karzai, now President of Afghanistan, who took her to his homeland of Kandahar where they went on daring raids with a group of motorcycling mullahs who later became founder-members of the Taliban." "Long haunted by her experiences of war in Afghanistan, Lamb returned there after last year's attack on the World Trade Centre to discover what had become of the people who had marked her life as a young graduate, and how their land came to be used as a base for the most evil terrorist operation the world has ever seen." "This time seeing the land through the eyes of a mother and experienced foreign correspondent, Lamb weaves together a compelling narrative of her voyage amid the abandoned victims of almost a quarter century of war."--BOOK JACKET.
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