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Earth and Ashes is a story of such spareness and power it leaves the reader reeling. Set during the Russian occupation of Afghanistan, it is a fable about war, family, home and tradition. An old man and his grandson sit in a deserted landscape of dusty roads and looming mountains. What are they waiting for? As we watch them we learn their story...

Atiq Rahimi has managed to condense centuries of Afghan history into his short tale of three very different generations. At the same time, he has created a story that is universal in its power.

Earth and ashes - Atiq Rahimi

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Title
Earth and ashes
Author
Atiq Rahimi
format
Paperback / softback
Publisher
Vintage
Language
English
UK Publication Date
20031002

Earth and Ashes is a story of such spareness and power it leaves the reader reeling. Set during the Russian occupation of Afghanistan, it is a fable about war, family, home and tradition. An old man and his grandson sit in a deserted landscape of dusty roads and looming mountains. What are they waiting for? As we watch them we learn their story...

Atiq Rahimi has managed to condense centuries of Afghan history into his short tale of three very different generations. At the same time, he has created a story that is universal in its power.

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Born in Afghanistan in 1962, Atiq Rahimi fled to France in 1984. There he has made a name as a writer, film and documentary maker of exceptional note. The film of his first novel, Earth and Ashes, was in the Official Selection at Cannes, 2004. Since 2001, he has returned to Afghanistan many times to set up a Writers' House in Kabul and offer support and training to young writers and film-makers. His novel The Patience Stone won the Prix Goncourt, France's most prestigious literary prize. He lives in Paris.

Terribly poignant
Times Literary Supplement

Novel, short story, fable? - it doesn't matter. This short book has a sadness that breaks your heart and a visual beauty shot through with the horror of war. Every word, every tear, every gesture is significant
Nouvel Observateur

Dense, provocative and, most of all revelatory
Metro - Claire Allfree

A hallucinatory, tragic cry of despair
Le Monde

With this novel Rahimi picks up a shard of broken glass and sees the whole truth of his devastated country
Der Spiegel

Type
BOOK
Keyword Index
Afghanistan - History - Soviet occupation, 1979-1989 - Fiction.
Country of Publication
England
Number of Pages
54

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