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The Bookseller of Kabul, Åsne Seierstad

"I did not choose my family because I wanted it to represent all other families, but because it inspired me."


"One woman asks God to make her a stone in the next life, rather than a woman. None of the poems are about hope - on the contrary, hopelessness reigns. The women have not lived enough, never tasted the fruits of their beauty, their youth, or the pleasures of love." p. 39

"Everything interests him: old myths and stories, old poetry, novels, biographies, recent political literature as well as dictionaries and encyclopedias. His face lights up when he happens upon a book he hasn't got or doesn't know." p. 60

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