By Qais Akbar Omar
One of the infrequent memoirs of Afghanistan to were written by way of an Afghan, A fortress of 9 Towers reveals the richness and agony of existence in a rustic whose background has develop into deeply entwined with our own.
For the younger Qais Akbar Omar, Kabul used to be a urban of gardens the place he flew kites from his grandfather's roof together with his cousin Wakeel whereas their mom and dad, uncles, and aunts drank tea round a fabric unfold within the grass. It was once a time of telling tales, reciting poetry, promoting carpets, and arranging marriages.Then civil conflict exploded. Their local came across itself at the entrance line of a clash that grew extra savage by way of the day.
With rockets falling round them, Omar's kin fled, abandoning every thing they owned to take defend in an previous fort-only a number of miles far-off and but an international clear of the gunfire. because the violence escalated, Omar's father made up our minds he needs to take his young ones in a foreign country to protection. On their perilous trip, they camped in caves at the back of the giant Buddha statues in Bamyan, and took safe haven with nomad cousins, herding their camels and sheep. whereas his father desperately sought smugglers to take them over the border, Omar grew up at the street, and met a deaf-mute carpet weaver who may exhibit him his life's purpose.
Later, because the Mujahedin struggle devolved into Taliban insanity, Omar realized approximately quiet resistance. He survived a brutal and arbitrary imprisonment, and, at eighteen, opened a mystery carpet manufacturing facility to supply paintings for local women, who have been forbidden to visit tuition or maybe to go away their houses. As they tied knots at their looms, Omar's mom and dad taught them literature and science.
In this attractive coming-of-age memoir, Omar recounts terrifyingly slim escapes and absurdist adventures, in addition to moments of excessive pleasure and sweetness. In?ected with folktales, steeped in poetry, A fortress of Nine Towers is a life-affirming triumph.
A Washington publish Notable Nonfiction ebook of 2013
A Kirkus studies Best Nonfiction publication of 2013
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A Fort of Nine Towers: An Afghan Family Story by Qais Akbar Omar