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From the classic works of the Persian poet Rumi to the modern-day bestsellers of Khaled Husseini, Afghan literature offers a wide range of reading pleasure.

The Patience Stone

Polly McLean, Atiq Rahimi
CATEGORIES: Sense of Culture

From A Year of Reading the World: “Set ‘somewhere in Afghanistan or elsewhere,’ this slender novella portrays the struggles of a nameless woman as she tries to care for her comatose husband in a city torn apart by war… Rahimi’s transformation of his narrative’s weakness into its strength, mirroring his central character’s journey, is impressive.”

(Recommended by Ann Morgan, author and TED speaker)

The Pearl That Broke Its Shell

Nadia Hashimi
CATEGORIES: Sense of Culture

Two tales, a century apart, tell the brave tales of Afghani women forced to live as men in order to protect their families — and themselves. The debut novel was the first of Hashimi’s string of international bestsellers. But the author’s own life story is equally as remarkable: The pediatrician/novelist is also a former U.S. congressional candidate.

Book: A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini

A Thousand Splendid Suns

Khaled Husseini
CATEGORIES: Classic/Culturally Significant | Person/Place/Event | Sense of Culture

The Kite Runner may be the author’s most famous work, but his follow-up provides such a heart-wrenching look into the everyday lives of Afghani women that it makes for a better read when it comes to understanding the culture.

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