My pen is the wing of a bird : new fiction by Afghan women.

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A landmark collection: the first anthology of short fiction by Afghan women that are "powerful, profound, and deeply moving" (Elif Shafak, author of The Island of Missing Trees , a Reese's Book Club pick)

"My pen is the wing of a bird; it will tell you those thoughts we are not allowed to think, those dreams we are not allowed to dream."

Eighteen Afghan women living in, speaking about, and writing from the country itself tell stories that are powerful and illuminating, unique and universal - stories of family, work, childhood, friendship, war, gender identity, and cultural traditions.

A woman's fortitude saves her village from disaster. A teenager explores their identity in a moment of quiet. A tormented girl tries to find love through a horrific act. A headmaster makes his way to work, treading the fine line between life and death.

These and more original, vital, and unexpected stories hail from extraordinary voices rooted in Afghanistan's two main linguistic groups (Pashto and Dari), and were developed over two years through the writer development program Untold's Write Aghanistan Project. My Pen Is the Wing of a Bird comes at a pivotal moment in Afghanistan's history, when these voices must be heard.

With an Introduction by Lyse Doucet, BBC chief international correspondant, and afterword by Lucy Hannah, Founder and Director of Untold

Published Reviews
Publisher's Weekly Review: "This revelatory anthology of stories grew out of the Write Afghanistan project, which connected editors and translators to Afghan writers, many of whom use pseudonyms to protect their safety. Though a handful of entries are inspired by news events (a suicide bombing, the destruction of a girls' school), most show glimpses into the day-to-day lives of Afghan women and girls, taking place against the backdrop of four decades of conflict, with episodes of violence happening just outside the frame. The cleverness with which women find ways to subvert oppression and assert their own independence is a theme that runs through several stories, including the exceptional "Ajah" by Fatema Khavari, translated from the Dari by Zubair Popalzai, whose heroine's story carries the heft of folklore. "My Pillow's Journey of Eleven Thousand, Eight Hundred and Seventy-Six Kilometres" by Farangis Elyassi, also translated by Popalzai, tackles the heartache of migration in ways both humorous and mournful, while others, such as "Haska's Decision" by Rana Zurmaty, translated from the Pashto by Shekibo Habib, illustrate the toll of illiteracy. The stories vary considerably in literary quality, but taken together they form a remarkable portrait of lives largely invisible to readers outside Afghanistan. This brims with humanity. (Oct.)"
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Subjects ordreq 09/15/2022 xa
Publisher Grand Central Publishing,2022
Description p. cm.
ISBN 9781538726822
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