American Taliban

Author: Pearl Abraham
Publisher: Random House
ISBN: 9781588369789
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American Taliban. An avid, near-six-foot-tall surfer, John Jude Parish cuts a striking figure on the beaches of the Outer Banks in North Carolina. When he isn’t on water, John lives on wheels, a self-described skate rat—grinding and kickflipping with his friends, and encouraged by his progressive parents. His hero is the great explorer Richard Burton, his personal prophet is Bob Dylan, and his world is wide open—to new ideas, philosophies, and religions. Through online forums and chat rooms, John meets a young woman from Brooklyn who spurs his interest in Islam and Arab literature. Deferring Brown University for a year, he moves to the idyllic New York borough to study Arabic. Like Burton, John embraces the experience heart, body, and soul—submitting to Islam, practicing the salaat, fasting and meditating, dancing with dervishes, and encountering the extraordinary. Burton lived the life of a nineteenth-century adventurer, but he also penetrated the ancient wisdom of secret worlds. John will too—with unforeseen consequences. Critically acclaimed novelist Pearl Abraham uses her gifts of psychological acuity and uncommon empathy to depict a typical upper-middle-class family snared by the forces of history, politics, and faith. In American Taliban, she imagines this young surfer/skater on a distinctly American spiritual journey that begins with Transcendentalism and countercultural impulses, enters into world mysticism, and finds its destination in Islam. Provocative, unsettling, and written in a brilliantly inventive, refreshingly original voice, American Taliban is poised to become one of the most talked-about novels of the year. From the Hardcover edition.

Author: Malala Yousafzai
Publisher: Nash Format
ISBN: 6177279767
Size: 71.80 MB
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. Доля жінки в Пакистані визначена наперед: бути покірною дружиною, догоджати чоловікові й виховувати дітей. Але 1997 року народилася «інакша» дівчинка. Вона хотіла ходити в школу, носити яскравий одяг і не ховати обличчя. В цей час владу в її рідних краях, в долині Сват, захопив «Талібан». За найменшу провину перед «законом» терористи карали людей побоями і навіть смертю. Героїня і авторка цієї книжки розуміла важливість освіти і боронила права жінок, за що й отримала кулю в голову... Її звуть Малала. І це тільки початок її історії...

The Contemporary American Novel In Context

Author: Andrew Dix
Publisher: A&C Black
ISBN: 1441122974
Size: 40.85 MB
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The Contemporary American Novel In Context. A critical introduction to the contemporary American novel focusing on contexts, key texts and criticism.

The New Atheist Novel

Author: Arthur Bradley
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
ISBN: 1441157921
Size: 38.18 MB
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The New Atheist Novel. The New Atheist Novel is the first study of a major new genre of contemporary fiction. It examines how Richard Dawkins's so-called 'New Atheism' movement has caught the imagination of four eminent modern novelists: Ian McEwan, Martin Amis, Salman Rushdie and Philip Pullman. For McEwan and his contemporaries, the contemporary novel represents a new front in the ideological war against religion, religious fundamentalism and, after 9/11, religious terror: the novel apparently stands for everything - freedom, individuality, rationality and even a secular experience of the transcendental - that religion seeks to overthrow. In this book, Bradley and Tate offer a genealogy of the New Atheist Novel: where it comes from, what needs it serves and, most importantly, where it may go in the future. What is it? How does it dramatise the war between belief and non-belief? To what extent does it represent a genuine ideological alternative to the religious imaginary or does it merely repeat it in secularised form? This fascinating study offers an incisive critique of this contemporary testament of literary belief and unbelief.

Chaos In Kabul

Author: Gérard de Villiers
Publisher: Vintage Crime/Black Lizard
ISBN: 0804169349
Size: 34.57 MB
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Chaos In Kabul. As U.S. troops prepare to withdraw from Afghanistan, and the Taliban is poised to take over, the CIA calls upon the Austrian aristocrat Malko Linge to execute a dangerous and delicate plan to restore stability to the region. On the ground in Kabul, Malko reconnects with an old flame and hires a South African mercenary to assist with his mission. But Malko doesn't know whom he can trust. His every move is monitored by President Karzai's entourage, Taliban leaders, a seductive American journalist--and a renegade within the CIA itself. Before he can pull off his plan, Malko is kidnapped and nearly killed. When he finally manages to escape, he finds himself alone and running for his life in a hostile city. From the Trade Paperback edition.

Post 9 11 South Asian Diasporic Fiction

Author: P. Liao
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 1137297379
Size: 39.54 MB
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Post 9 11 South Asian Diasporic Fiction. While much of the critical discussion about the emerging genre of 9/11 fiction has centred on the trauma of 9/11 and on novels by EuroAmerican writers, this book draws attention to the diversity of what might be meant by "post" -9/11 by exploring the themes of uncanny terror through a close reading of four "post" -9/11 South Asian diasporic fictions.

The New Dress

Author: Elias Rahimi
Publisher:
ISBN: 9781593304331
Size: 15.49 MB
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The New Dress. "The New Dress" is a contemporary novel that tells the story of Jahan, a young Afghan-born American who visits Afghanistan during the Taliban regime. While Jahan's original mission is a personal quest, he soon finds himself exposed to both the horrifying realities that the Afghan people face and their will to live in freedom. Jolted out of his heretofore complacent existence, Jahan responds quickly and sometimes recklessly to come to the aid of his former countrymen. While maintaining a fast-paced storyline, the novel explores the thoughts and reflections of a young man as he attempts to reconcile past and present experience with his own future.

Honor And Polygamy

Author: Omar Farhad
Publisher: iUniverse
ISBN: 1491732962
Size: 23.99 MB
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Honor And Polygamy. Heartbreaking and timely novel by Afghan-American author follows one man’s journey from New York to the clutches of the Taliban and into an unintentional polygamist union. “He is picking up the same bags with the same clothes Lisa packed and folded a year ago. He wishes he were like his clothes, untouched by external forces.” Family man Nick Blake is living in New York City and working for the United Nations. Born and raised in the United States with broad knowledge of the Afghan culture, he is living the All-American life with his wife, Lisa, and their children. His life is turned upside down when, while on a diplomatic mission to Afghanistan, Nick is kidnapped and finds himself in the clutches of the Taliban. Omar Farhad’s debut novel Honor and Polygamy follows Nick throughout his eighteen months in Afghanistan and the devastating and unexpected turns his life takes, as he learns the true meanings of home, history and culture. After being held captive for several months, Nick is forced to marry the sixteen-year-old Shaista. Although he cannot forget his beloved wife and children back home, he finds himself falling in love with his second wife and, overwhelmed with guilt, is torn between his old life and his new one. Honor and Polygamy is far from simply a captivating fiction story, but is also a brilliant commentary on the United States’ situation with Afghanistan. Farhad expresses his views on both the political and the cultural sides of Afghanistan. Politically, he is predicting how he feels the war will ultimately end, while culturally, he shows readers not familiar with Afghanistan that the 35-year-old war has created a population, which is uneducated, disloyal, and without identity. The United States and many other nations have continuously disrupted Afghanistan with no clear political objectives, and, in his novel, Farhad explores the consequences of these actions. The story of Nick Blake represents the reality of the Afghan culture and the results and disappointments of the political realities in Afghanistan, and shows readers just how unaware we all are of other cultures. Written by an author who has lived both the American and Afghan ways of life, Honor and Polygamy is a harrowing, haunting and deeply moving tale for our times.

Toward The Geopolitical Novel

Author: Caren Irr
Publisher: Columbia University Press
ISBN: 0231536313
Size: 47.79 MB
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Toward The Geopolitical Novel. A survey of more than 125 works illuminate the resurgence of the American political novel in the twenty-first century. Caren Irr follows Junot Díaz, Helon Habila, Aleksandar Hemon, Hari Kunzru, Dinaw Mengestu, Daniyal Mueenuddin, Norman Rush, Gary Shteyngart, and others as they rethink the migration narrative, the Peace Corps thriller, the national allegory, the revolutionary novel, and the expatriate's experience with self-discovery. Taken together, these innovations define a new literary form: the geopolitical novel. More cosmopolitan and socially critical than domestic realism, the genre tests American liberalism and explores how in-migration, out-migration, the nation, revolution, and the traveling subject should be retooled for a new century.