A Fort of Nine Towers
by Qais Akbar Omar
Editor: Pan MacMillan
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“To read this book is to understand Afghanistan, as it exists todayThis dread remembers the traces of the unimaginable odyssey of a family whose world has collapsed.Poetic, powerful and unforgettableKhaled Hosseini, author of The Kite RunnerQais Akbar Omar was eleven years old when a brutal civil war engulfed KabulFor Qais, he abruptly ended a childhood filled with kites and cousins of his grandfather’s garden: one of the most convulsive decades in Afghan history had begun.In front of us lay the rise of the Taliban and, in 2001, the arrival of international forces.Fort de Neuf Tours is the story of Qais, his family and their determination to survive these upheavals that they have been tossed from one part of Afghanistan to the other.Drawing strength from each other and their culture and faith, they sought refuge in the Buddha caves of Bamiyan, and later with a caravan of nomadic Kuchi.When they ended up going back to Kabul, it became clear that their trials were just starting.
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