The Bookseller of Kabul (Paperback)

By Asne Seierstad

Back Bay Books, 9780316159418, 320pp.

Publication Date: October 26, 2004

Other Editions of This Title:
Prebound (10/1/2004)
Hardcover (10/1/2003)
Compact Disc (3/1/2005)

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This mesmerizing portrait of a proud man who, through three decades and successive repressive regimes, heroically braved persecution to bring books to the people of Kabul has elicited extraordinary praise throughout the world and become a phenomenal international bestseller. The Bookseller of Kabul is startling in its intimacy and its details - a revelation of the plight of Afghan women and a window into the surprising realities of daily life in today's Afghanistan.

About the Author

Åsne Seierstad is an award-winning journalist and writer renowned for her work as a war correspondent. Her books include One Hundred and One Days: A Baghdad Journal, Angel of Grozny: Inside Chechnya, and, most recently, One of Us: The Story of Anders Breivik and the Massacre in Norway. She lives in Oslo, Norway.

Praise For The Bookseller of Kabul

"The most intimate description of an Afghan household ever produced by a Western journalist. . . . Seierstad is a sharp and often lyrical observer."—Richard McGill Murphy, New York Times Book Review

"An admirable, revealing portrait of daily life in a country that Washington claims to have liberated but does not begin to understand. Seierstad writes of individuals, but her message is larger."—Mark Hertsgaard, Washington Post Book World

"A compelling portrait of a country at a crossroads - desperate for tranquillity, factionalized beyond imagination, struggling both to uphold tradition and to modernize, hoping to prove to itself and the rest of the world that it knows peace and stability."—Scott W. Helman, Boston Globe

"An unusually intimate glimpse of a traditional Afghan family. . . . Seierstad imbues a grim story with language of desolate beauty."—S. L. Allen, Entertainment Weekly

"A compelling book. . . . Seierstad infiltrated a world most readers will never see."—Steve Weinberg, Denver Post