© Kyuwon Lee, 2020.

The Bookseller of Kabul

Åsne Seierstad

"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