A Fort of Nine Towers - An Afghan Family Story

Author(s): Qais Akbar Omar

Biography, Memoir & Autobiography

Twenty-three years ago--after the Soviets left and before the Taliban came to power--Kabul was a garden where seven-year-old Qais Akbar Omar flew kites from the roof of his grandfather's house. Then came the hollow sounds of rocket fire as the Mujahedin, self-proclaimed holy warriors, took over Afghanistan, and the country erupted in civil war. Omar's family fled, leaving everything behind to take shelter in an old fort. But after a narrow escape from death, his father decided that the family must leave the country.

Yet the journey proved more difficult than anticipated, and in this stunning coming-of-age memoir, Omar offers a moving recollection of these events--a story of daily hardships, relieved by moments of joy and immense beauty. Inflected with folktales and steeped in poetry, A Fort of Nine Towers is a life-affirming triumph.


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  • : 9781250043658
  • : picador
  • : picador
  • : 0.381018
  • : April 2014
  • : 1.13 Inches X 5.56 Inches X 8.28 Inches
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Qais Akbar Omar
  • : Paperback
  • : English
  • : 958.104092 B
  • : 416