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The Afghans

Three lives through war, love and revolt
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    • Åsne Seierstad
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May 28, 2024

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'Åsne Seierstad is the supreme non-fiction writer of her generation' Luke Harding

In her international bestseller The Bookseller of Kabul, award-winning journalist Åsne Seierstad studied life in Afghanistan before and after the fall of the Taliban regime in 2001. Now twenty years later, the Taliban is back in power, and Seierstad returns with The Afghans, a book to help us understand Afghanistan's past, present and future, told through the lives of three unforgettable people.

In her compelling, intimate and thought-provoking new book, Seierstad introduces us to three people whose lives have been shaped by the fall and rise of the Taliban - Jamila, Bashir and Ariana - as well their families, friends, foes and co-fighters. Jamila is a women's rights activist; Bashir is a Taliban commander; Ariana is a law student who had one semester left when the Taliban came to power.

The stories of these three Afghans encompass love, loss, revolt and war as well as the everyday rhythms of family life. Through them, we experience and come to understand the lead-up to the Taliban retaking power in 2021, how the first year of Taliban rule unfolded, and where this leaves Afghans today, and tomorrow.

Praise for Åsne Seierstad:

'An intimate portrait of Afghani people quite unlike any other' Sunday Times on The Bookseller of Kabul

'Has the feel of a non-fiction novel - irresistible' New York Times on One of Us

'Hauntingly written, this book is both a masterpiece and a masterclass in investigative journalism' Christina Lamb on Two Sisters

'Meticulously documented, full of drama' Kate Adie on Two Sisters

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  • Published: May 28 2024
  • Pages: 448
  • ISBN: 9781408717936
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Press Reviews

  • Aftonbladet
    Seierstad is masterful ... her book is world class
  • Expressen
    Gripping ... Seierstad succeeds in transforming the demonised stereotype - a Taliban terrorist - into a living, comprehensible human being
  • Dagens Noeringsliv
    Enthralling and heart-breaking