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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)

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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