The Bookseller of Kabul Author:Asne Seierstad, Ingrid Christophersen (Translator) This profile of the pseudonymous Sultan Khan, proprietor of a Kabul bookstore whose passionately liberal ideas about literature and freedom to read are at odds with his traditional ones about the place of women, has been an international bestseller. It has also been the subject of controversy, as the actual bookseller in question -- a man named ... more »Shah Mohammed Rais, took offense at his portrayal, calling it libel and invasion of privacy, and sought legal reparations from the author, who lived with the Rais family for four months in Kabul in 2002.« less
I really enjoyed this book. A look into the lives of a modern Afghan family through the eyes of a journalist from Sweden. She lived with this family for three months and wrote about her experiences with them. As a western woman, the treatment of women was disturbing, but I have to remember that this is their culture, not mine, and that is to be respected.
For me, this is one more book and means along the way to understanding the rest of the world.
Chilling account of life in Afghanistan, especially for the women. The consequences of almost constant war for the people and the change from one regime to another from one day to the next leaves confusion in the minds of the young people and a clinging to the old ways as a way to make sense of it all.
I found this to be a difficult read because it was depressing to me. The situation and the culture in Afghanistan is just so difficult, and especially oppressive to women. The family is truly trapped in the cultural expectations - even in an "educated and enlightened" family.