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The swallows of Kabul
Yasmina Khadra
Adult Fiction KHADRA

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Summary: Set in Kabul under the rule of the Taliban, this extraordinary novel takes readers into the lives of two couples: Mohsen, who comes from a family of wealthy shopkeepers whom the Taliban has destroyed; Zunaira, his wife, exceedingly beautiful, who was once a brilliant teacher and is now no longer allowed to leave her home without an escort or covering her face. Intersecting their world is Atiq, a prison keeper, a man who has sincerely adopted the Taliban ideology and struggles to keep his faith, and his wife, Musarrat, who once rescued Atiq and is now dying of sickness and despair. Desperate, exhausted Mohsen wanders through Kabul when he is surrounded by a crowd about to stone an adulterous woman. Numbed by the hysterical atmosphere and drawn into their rage, he too throws stones at the face of the condemned woman buried up to her waist. With this gesture the lives of all four protagonists move toward their destinies. The Swallows of Kabul is a dazzling novel written with compassion and exquisite detail by one of the most lucid writers about the mentality of Islamic fundamentalists and the complexities of the Muslim world. Yasmina Khadra brings readers into the hot, dusty streets of Kabul and offers them an unflinching but compassionate insight into a society that violence and hypocrisy have brought to the edge of despair.


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main characters Mohsen Ramat
Male
Age: 30s
Married
Zunaira's husband; from a wealthy family; dreamed of becoming a diplomat.

Zunaira
Female
Married
Mohsen's wife; as a lawyer, she was a progressive who worked for women's rights.

Atiq Shaukat
Male
Age: 42
Married
Musarrat's husband; guards prisoners of the Taliban who are scheduled for execution.
Prison guard

Musarrat
Female
Married
Atiq's wife; suffering from an undiagnosed illness.



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