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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Other Press; Reprint edition (March 16, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1590513983
  • ISBN-13: 978-1590513989
  • Product Dimensions: 14.7 x 6.8 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,190,279 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Sayd Bahodine Majrouh earned his Ph.D. in Philosophy at the University of Montpellier, later serving as the Dean of the Department of Literature in Kabul, Afghanistan, and then as the Governor of the Province of Kapia. After the Soviet invasion, he went into exile in Peshawar, Pakistan, where he founded the Afghan Information Center. The literary heir of Rumi and Omar Khayyam, his epic, Ego-Monstre, constitutes the whole of the major poetic work of twentieth-century Afghan literature. He was assassinated on February 11, 1988 in Peshawar.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By R. Goldenstein on January 5, 2011
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Through an insightful counterpoint of describing the Afghan or Pashtun's womens' plight and the womens' poetic responses, this volume of Afghan womens' poetry brings a new understanding to a culture that is little comprehended in the Western world. Many Western women might ask how the Pashtun women survive the life they've been given, but these landays answer that question and more. Defiant, rebellious, poignant and heart wrenching, these two line poems allow a view into a world that is little known or understood. An amazing book and highly recommended!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By IHeartJoeBiden on January 3, 2012
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The majority of professional development book we read on Afghanistan is about its history and the Taliban, as well as Islam as a culture. This is different, and although was not on the recommended list for military personnel, should be. With the ever-increasing focus on gender as a way to rebuild Afghanistan, this book gives a thumbnail-sketch into the lives of women in Afghanistan. It gives them an authentic voice that no shuras or meetings, no collecting of atmospherics or environmental studies, can ever do. Military officers and those in charge of policy ought to be reading it. I got it sent to me here in Afghanistan and it opened my eyes to a lot of things, and with each page, I was able to tie it into what I currently see here in regards to women.

This book doesn't belong just in the gender studies classroom on college campuses. It is a must-read for all of the military, State Department and NGO personnel wishing to change the lives of the Afghans for the better.
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