The Places in Between
by Rory Stewart
Editor: Mariner Books
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In January 2002, Rory Stewart walked through Afghanistan survived by his intelligence, his knowledge of Persian Muslim dialects and customs, and the kindness of foreigners.Every day, it has passed through mountains covered with nine feet of snow, hamlets burned and looted by the Taliban, and flourishing communities amid the remains of medieval civilization.At night, he slept on village floors, shared their meals, and listened to their stories of the old and recent past.Along the way Stewart met heroes and thieves, tribal elders and young soldiers, Taliban and foreign commanders, aid workersHe was also adopted by an unexpected companion-a retired anti-morning man he named Babur in honour of Afghanistan, the first Mogul emperor, whose pair’s traces were the sequelThrough these encounters, both touching, con-founding, surprising and funny-Stewart makes tangible the forces of tradition, ideology and allegiance that the form of life in the map countless places between the two
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