Reading Afghanistan

A NPR discussion this summer featured a town in Afghanistan that was caught between a rock and a hard place with the Taliban and the Afghani police playing the two competing forces. I learned a great deal about Afghanistan through Khaled Hosseini’s Kite Runner and Thousand Splendid Suns , but I’m sure there is more to learn.

It might be interesting to read a variety of books both by Afghanis and about the country and discuss what we learn.

Here is a partial list:

The wasted vigil / Aslam, Nadeem.
Burnt shadows / Shamsie, Kamila, 1973-
Kara Kush : a novel / Shah, Idries, 1924-1996
The Afghan campaign / Pressfield, Steven. about Alexander the Great!
Under the Persimmon Tree by Suzanne Staples set 2002
The Mulberry Empire / Hensher, Philip. British invasion 1839
The Swallows of Kabul by Yasmina Khadra set in Taliban era
“Man who would be king” by Rudyard Kipling (short story in Collected Stories.)


A journey through Afghanistan : a memorial / Chaffetz, David. Before soviet invasion
Kabul Beauty School by Deborah Rodriquez
Charlie Wilson’s War by George Crile during soviet invasion 1980s
The places in between / Stewart, Rory. set in 2002
Come back to Afghanistan : a California teenager’s story / Akbar, Said Hyder. post 9/11
Veiled courage : inside the Afghan women’s resistance / Benard, Cheryl, 1953-
The man who would be king : the first American in Afghanistan / Macintyre, Ben, 1963-
Bookseller of Kabul by Asne Seierstad
The storyteller’s daughter / Shah, Saira.
Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson
War by Sebastian Junger