The Bookseller of Kabul

The Bookseller of Kabul In spring following the fall of the Taliban Asne Seierstad spent four months living with a bookseller and his family in Kabul For than twenty years Sultan Khan defied the authorities be they co

  • Title: The Bookseller of Kabul
  • Author: Åsne Seierstad
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  • Page: 388
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  • In spring 2002, following the fall of the Taliban, Asne Seierstad spent four months living with a bookseller and his family in Kabul.For than twenty years Sultan Khan defied the authorities be they communist or Taliban to supply books to the people of Kabul He was arrested, interrogated and imprisoned by the communists, and watched illiterate Taliban soldiers burIn spring 2002, following the fall of the Taliban, Asne Seierstad spent four months living with a bookseller and his family in Kabul.For than twenty years Sultan Khan defied the authorities be they communist or Taliban to supply books to the people of Kabul He was arrested, interrogated and imprisoned by the communists, and watched illiterate Taliban soldiers burn piles of his books in the street He even resorted to hiding most of his stock almost ten thousand books in attics all over Kabul.But while Khan is passionate in his love of books and his hatred of censorship, he also has strict views on family life and the role of women As an outsider, Asne Seierstad found herself in a unique position, able to move freely between the private, restricted sphere of the women including Khan s two wives and the freer, public lives of the men.It is an experience that Seierstad finds both fascinating and frustrating As she steps back from the page and allows the Khans to speak for themselves, we learn of proposals and marriages, hope and fear, crime and punishment The result is a genuinely gripping and moving portrait of a family, and a clear eyed assessment of a country struggling to free itself from history.

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    1. Åsne Seierstad

      Asne Seierstad has received numerous awards for her journaism and has reported from such war torn regions as Chchnya, the Balkans, Afghanistan, and Iraq She is fluent in five languages and lives in Norway.

    221 thoughts on “The Bookseller of Kabul”

    1. I was irritated early on by the way this book was written. I think it encompasses all my other grips about the book.Basically the situation is like this: a woman journalist is in Kabul after 9/11. She meets this bookseller, lives with his family a few months with only 3 people in the family speaking English and then she writes a book about them. First of all, having lived abroad and lived abroad with families, you can't know a family the way this author pretends to in that time. We don't even kn [...]

    2. A very interesting, journalistic depiction of life in Afghanistan as told from inside the tent of a relatively well-to-do family, with particular attention to the experiences of females. It is compelling reading, and should be mandatory for anyone who wants to know about life in Afghanistan. It is not a good thing to be a female there.

    3. After finishing the book, I was quite surprised at the number of negative reviews here in . Maybe a huge culture shock is at play here. Many in the West may be put off by the realization that the values that they take for granted may be totally unheard of in certain parts of the world. There *are* certain cultures where children are nothing but tools for parents and as such, are actively denied education. There *are* cultures where falling in love is a greater "crime" than sawing off a person's [...]

    4. Sua Majestade O IslamismoA queda dos Taliban no Afeganistão surtiu alguma abertura no que toca à condição da mulher.As raparigas regressaram às escolas, e à mulher foi legalmente concedido, o direito ao trabalho.Contudo, a lei familiar prevalece. A família é um micro-mundo com leis próprias, e se um pater familiae entender que é mais vantajoso vender as filhas (há homens abastados no Afeganistão que pagam avultadas quantias para casar com jovens adolescentes) para casamento, ou simpl [...]

    5. Enter the world of the Norwegian journalist, Åsne Seierstad, who covers the aftermath of the Taliban on society in Afghanistan, and you get what you could expect, but still hope you're wrong: a 'pseudo-novelistic' attempt at exposing the life of a country in turmoil / vicious power struggles / chaos.Coming from a liberal Norwegian society, and being a young journalist, it is expected that the book will be written from a pessimistic, typical journalistic point of view. In fact, I struggled to ge [...]

    6. Loved it!Not long back from Pakistan and it was the perfect time to read this.Love learning about the culture. Some of the stories we're savage.

    7. Bokhandleren i Kabul = The Bookseller of Kabul, Åsne SeierstadThe Bookseller of Kabul is a non-fiction book written by Norwegian journalist Åsne Seierstad, about a bookseller, Shah Muhammad Rais (whose name was changed to Sultan Khan), and his family in Kabul, Afghanistan, published in Norwegian in 2002 and English in 2003. It takes a novelistic approach, focusing on characters and the daily issues that they face.تاریخ نخستین خوانش: سی ام ژانویه سال 2005 میلاد [...]

    8. Delivering pizzas in Germany is far more lucrative than working as a flight engineer [in Afghanistan] (p58)Seierstad, a Norwegian journalist, stayed as a guest of the bookseller of Kabul of the title shortly after the fall of the Taliban. (view spoiler)[It is odd really that the USA ended up raining bombs on the Taliban. There's a common current between some political persuasions in the USA and the Taliban, both really dislike women having pre-martial sex, both are strongly inspired by the Bible [...]

    9. Asne Seirstadt writes an honest and candid account of her four months of life with an Afghan family, following the fall of the Taliban and the end of the reign of terror they subjected the Afghan people to.She spent these months with the family of Sultan Khan who- for twenty years-defied the tyranny of the Communists and then the Taliban by selling books on the black market because the tyrants did not allow books except those which subscribed to their narrow minded and sick ideas.Afghanistan was [...]

    10. I think I learned more from this one book than from any news story or other examination of Afghanistan.You think, after reading the forward and the beginning of the book, that the bookseller will be a progressive man, but his love for his country's history and its literary heritage is his only redeeming quality and yet the very reason he is such a bastard toward his family. Everything comes second to his passion. In the wake of the Taliban's withdrawal we see them slowly try to regain their free [...]

    11. “She couldn't survey the wreck of the world with an air of casual unconcern.” ----Margaret MitchellÅsne Seierstad, an Award winning journalist-turned-Norwegian-author, has penned a delectable and slightly captivating account of her stay with an Afghan family, who owned a bookshop in a terror-stricken and on-the-verge-of-a-civil-war type Kabul in the year 2002, in the book called, The Bookseller of Kabul. This is the personal story of almost every human being, mainly women of the household, [...]

    12. my issues with this book are basically ideological/political -- in spite of an introduction justifying her decision to erase herself from the story, the author also says that she spent a significant period of her time in the household arguing with its male members (presumably about gender politics and the subordinate status of the family's women). i think including these disagreements would have made for a far stronger and more compelling story (not to mention more honest) -- as it is, this is j [...]

    13. Valerie - I found a used copy of this book for your Christmas present (since I raved about it to you) so don't go buying it! :-)I wasn't going to write a review of this book at all until I read some of the other reviews posted here and became horrified at their castigation of Ms. Seierstad.A rebuttal:I liked this book BECAUSE it doesn't read like investigative journalism. Seirstad never once pretends that she's being unbiased and doesn't apologize for the obvious slant. Frankly, her slant is wha [...]

    14. هناك مجتمعات غالبا أى شئ يُكتب عنها بيكون شيق.المجتمع الأفغانى من اهم المجتمعات دى . نظرا للتحولات العنيفه التى تعرض لها والظلم الشديد الذى طال الكثير من مواطنيههذا الكتاب هو تقرير صحفى طويل من اروع ما يكون . اذا كنت من عشاق الروايه ستجد صيغته روائيه وممتعهوان كنت من عشاق الص [...]

    15. It being Banned Books Week when I began this book,  I don't think I could have chosen a more appropriate book to read than The Bookseller of Kabul.  The book was banned in 2008 by the Wyandotte, Michigan, Board  of Education; it tells of actual instances of banning and burning books in Afghanistan; and the main character Sultan Khan was a bookseller who himself specialized in selling illegal books and writings, often right under the noses of the illiterate Taliban a-holes.  Learning that mos [...]

    16. Okay so the author seems very naive, and that's a pretty safe bet. She is knowledgeable however, so I'll give her that. I wouldn't take this book seriously if you're looking for some real social or historical insight into Afghanistan. It really pales in that sense. If you're looking for a light read and a good story, in that sense, it's good and can offer some inspiration. So it's all right so far.--All right, just finished it. It was interesting and page-turning, but the author's tone really ag [...]

    17. The most depressing book about the area that I have read. Most of the characters have little to no redeeming qualities or likeablity. The bookseller was the least likeable of all. The ones that were likeable and you wanted to root for you realize have no chance for happiness or an existance other than servitude and repression. The book didn't flow very well either. At times I wasn't sure if I was reading a book or a collection of magazine articles. The author represents the people and events as [...]

    18. Más que una novela, El librero de Kabul es un conjunto de crónicas sociales, cada una centrada en algún miembro de la familia del protagonista.Uno de esos libros necesarios para conocer culturas tan distintas y alejadas de la nuestra, en países marcados por guerras y regímenes autoritarios, por fanatismos religiosos y jerarquías familiares en las que la mujer no tiene voz ni voto.Algunos capítulos son más interesantes que otros pero con todos aprendes algo de las costumbres del país y e [...]

    19. This is the kind of book that must be read with caution. The author chose to write it as though it was a novel and not a journalistic account. This incurs the risk - as it is obvious when one reads other reviews - of having readers confusing it with actual fiction. Then there's the whole "western gaze". This is a norwegian woman writing on a society she does not belong to, a society that is very different from hers, and it can perfectly be argued that five months spent amongst a family are not s [...]

    20. Over two decades Sultan Khan sold books in defiance of the authorities. The authority changed from Afghans to communists to Taliban, but the persecutions remained the same; imprisonment, arrest, beatings and regular interrogation. He suffered watching illiterate Taliban thugs burn piles of his books in the streets of Kabul, so he hid them. His collection and stock was secreted across attics and rooms across the capital. Whilst he abhorred censorship and was passionate about all things literary h [...]

    21. My knowledge of Afghan culture is really minimal so cannot really say how accurate a portrayal it is. I did however get a strong sense of judgement and superiority from this author which I didn't like.

    22. بائع الكتب في كابول للصحفية و المراسلة النرويجية ( آسني سييرستاد )خلافًا لما يتوقعه القارئ بناءًا على العنوان من إنصات لبيواغرفية بائع الكتب فالكتاب عبارة عن حالة توثيق شاملة لبيوغرافية المجتمع الأفغاني و إقتفاء لعاداته وتقاليده و رصد للتغييرات التي تنطوي عليها بلد مهمش و [...]

    23. We all know those travel books who pretend to teach you about a culture of which the writer doesn't even speak the language: if you travel using this "guide", I can only feel sorry for you (alright, I'll drop the pretense of anonymity: I mean Rick Steeve).Only this isn't about tourism, it's about the pain and suffering of an entire country that hasn't known peace and respect for as long as they can remember. Patronizing them and their "inferior" culture isn't just tasteless, it's downright damna [...]

    24. I reached for "The Bookseller of Kabul" for two reasons. First of all, books are not what usually comes to my mind when I think of contemporary Afghanistan and I was rather curious of the story; secondly, I had already known Åsne Seierstad from her book about Anders Breivik and expected good narrative and distinctive characters that would be outlined with subtlety and develop into force majeure of the book. The choice proved to be right on a couple of different levels. Nothing is straight forwa [...]

    25. "My tale from Kabul is the tale of a most unusual Afghan family. A bookseller's family is unusual in a country where three quarters of the population can neither read nor write."After Taliban's rule in the country, Afghanistan tried to set up their country back to how a democracy should be. Tried to rule out all the old laws made by Taliban. The story is both a nation which was determined and believed in rising up after loosing its freedom to gunmen. "This is how first-year schoolchildren learn [...]

    26. I was slightly confused about this book as when I read the blurb I thought the book was going to be about the bookseller himself and his book shop and about how he defied the authorities to supply books to the people of Kabul but this book sways away from the blurb and concentrates more on Sultan Khan's family.I am not sure I like the way the story reads, In spring 2002 award winning journalist Asne Seiratad spent four months living with the bookseller and his family but while the story is told [...]

    27. This was a selection from my in person book club and I found it to be okay. It is a true story and I thought I would be reading more about his quest to distribute literature in Kabul. Although he talks about it somewhat, it's not the main thrust of the book. Still the passages about the destruction of libraries and museums is enough to break your heart. I don't understand the "logic" of the Nazis and the Taliban in the burning of books but I guess it cuts down on people having different viewpoin [...]

    28. وصف حياة أسرة أفغانيه, ذلك الشعب الذي يحيطه الغموض و لا يدري أحد ما الذي يدور فعلاً داخل أسوار بيوته , استطاعت الكاتبه ان تقنع رب الأسرة بأن تعيش مع أسرته و تراقب حياتهم لتؤلف كتابها الذي يوصف بانه الوصف الأكثر حميميه لحياة عائليه أفغانيه الذي استطاع صحفي غربي كتابته على الإط [...]

    29. This book titled "The Bookseller of Kabul" and the blurb suggests defying Taliban & co by a bookseller for his love of books, was actually a (honest) portrait of Afghan society. And it had little to do with books n reading. So, there was a feeling of being cheated.Secondly, having read Hosseini's brilliant novels on Afghan society, non-fiction written in a grim, matter-of-fact style was boring. And have read travelogues on d region (though not Afghanistan).Will repeat though that her writing [...]

    30. A hard book to take and I did find some of the angles covered a tad bit implausible, from an investigative POV. Who in their right mind is going to tell this white western woman okayed by Sultan anything as disparate (and desperate) as their feelings about him. Yes, I am a little suspect of Seierstad's methods here but there is no doubt that the behaviours exposed are pretty true to life in Afghanistan at the moment.

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