“Swallows of Kabul” of Yasmina Khadra
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  • One of the main issue arising from the novel is the situation of Muslim women erased, submitted, with chador with its mesh mask to see without being seen
  • I think the pen of Khadra renders perfectly everything that the writer intended to convey

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      “Swallows of Kabul” is a short book with a cleverly constructed plot and a beautiful language, written by a former Algerian military, Mohammed Moulessehoul, known by his female pen name, Yasmina Khadra.

      The author introduces us to the history of Kabul, capital of Afghanistan, first under the Russian army, which was the start of a bloodiest period; then, under the Taliban, who took control of the city. One of the main issue


      arising from the novel is the situation of Muslim women erased, submitted, with chador with its mesh mask to see without being seen. It is a real hell that is hard to conceive for Westerners but it is the real life of these people in Kabul.

      The plot involves the story of two couples. The first: Atiq, 42, jailer and his wife Mussarat, sick and courageous. The second: Mohsen, which cannot forgive himself for having participated in stoning a prostitute; and his wife Zunaira, 32, feminist lawyer, that does not bear the chador nor the “damned veil, with which she is neither a human being nor an animal”. Both couples are looking for freedom or love to escape the madness.

      It is also the story of a woman who sacrifices himself, giving his life for her husband, because she believes liable. All these characters are desperate because they ...


      can’t find any hope in this city where freedom has totally disappeared.

      This book is a tribute to women and intellectuals humiliated by the complexity of the Muslim society. It seems that the medieval Inquisition is at the gates of our democratic and tolerant world with many centuries of difference.

      One would wish a ray of hope, a breath of fresh air. But nothing. The Swallows of Kabul were scattered in the “ballet of the

      missiles”…

      I read this novel as a testimonial, a tribute in order that we don’t forget this country and its martyrs.

      Best of all, that I was not bored even for a second reading of the story. I think the pen of Khadra renders perfectly everything that the writer intended to convey.

      I hope by this review I have given you the desire to discover the author who deserves an important place in our contemporary literature.




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