• The Storytellers Daughter

The Storytellers Daughter

The Storytellers Daughter

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  • Author
    Saira Shah
  • Publisher
    Anchor
  • Publication date
    18 December 2007

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Book Detail

  • Book Title

    The Storytellers Daughter

  • Author

    Saira Shah

  • Date Published

    18 December 2007

  • Publisher

    Anchor

  • Pages

    272 pages

  • ISBN

    9780307429407

Book Description

Imagine that a jewel-like garden overlooking Kabul is your ancestral home. Imagine a kitchen made fragrant with saffron strands and cardamom pods simmering in an authentic pilau. Now remember that you were born in London, your family in exile, and that you have never seen Afghanistan in peacetime.

These are but the starting points of Saira Shah’s memoir, by turns inevitably exotic and unavoidably heartbreaking, in which she explores her family’s history in and out of Afghanistan. As an accomplished journalist and documentarian–her film Beneath the Veil unflinchingly depicted for CNN viewers the humiliations forced on women under Taliban rule–Shah returned to her family’s homeland cloaked in the burqa to witness the pungent and shocking realities of Afghan life. As the daughter of the Sufi fabulist Idries Shah, primed by a lifetime of listening to her father’s stories, she eagerly sought out, from the mouths of Afghan refugees in Pakistan, the rich and living myths that still sustain this battered culture of warriors. And she discovered that in Afghanistan all the storytellers have been men–until now.

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