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Shadow City : A Woman Walks Kabul

Khan, Taran
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Vintage Publishing (Vintage)
Published: February 4, 2021
ISBN: 9781784708023
288 pages
Country of publication: United Kingdom


One of the first things I was told when I arrived in Kabul was never to walk… When journalist Taran Khan arrives in Kabul, she uncovers a place that defies her expectations. Her wanderings with other Kabulis reveal a fragile city in a state of flux: stricken by near-constant war, but flickering with the promise of peace; governed by age-old codes but experimenting with new modes of living.

Her walks take her to the unvisited tombs of the dead, and to the land of the living – like the booksellers, archaeologists, film-makers and entrepreneurs who are remaking this 3,000-year-old city. And as NATO troops begin to withdraw from the country, Khan watches the cycle of transformation begin again. ‘Powerfully evocative’ Kapka Kassabova’A wonderful journey’ Atiq Rahimi’Khan illuminates Kabul’s life-affirming humanity’ TLS

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