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My Pen Is the Wing of a Bird: New Fiction by Afghan Women

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In “D is for Daud” by Anahita Gharib Nawaz (translated from the Dari by Zubair Popalzai), a school teacher risks everything to help a young boy whose sister is being abused by her husband. In “My Pillow’s Journey of Eleven Thousand, Eight Hundred and Seventy-Six Kilometres” by Farangis Elyassi, (translated from the Dari by Dr. So I think reading a couple stories at a time is probably the way to go and I will definitely take more time with it when I come to rereading this. My Pillow's Journey of Eleven Thousand, Eight Hundred and Seventy Six Kilometres" by Farangis Elyassi which used a simple item to show how displaced she felt.

My Pillow’s Journey of Eleven Thousand, Eight Hundred, and Seventy-six Kilometers - Farangis Elyassi – Never thought a story about a pillow would be so poignant. This will allow you some respite from the strong, emotive themes and to appreciate each story on its own merits. So no matter what atrocities and struggles are mentioned in this anthology, things are even worse now.

A place where they are not allowed to express themselves or pursue their dreams and where the other half silences half of the population.

The short story format is unique in the diversity of lives that can be captured -- we see comfortable lives and poverty-stricken ones, women suffering at the hands of their husbands and fathers, and others who are in loving marriages or daughters lovingly doted over. She has been reporting from Afghanistan since 1988 when she lived in Kabul and has been a frequent visitor ever since. They've been translated to English by local Afghan translators, and hence have a touch of simplicity as well as authenticity to their tone. My Pen Is the Wing of a Bird comes at a pivotal moment in Afghanistan’s history, when these voices must be heard. This is an incredibly compelling set of vignettes of life in Afghanistan, written by 18 Afghan women in Dari and Pashto before the 2021 Taliban takeover of Kabul and translated into English.

Thank god, I said to myself, that the sun is not someone's property, otherwise I'd have to pay rent for that as well.

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