Afghan Stories

June 23, 2013

After 13 years of war, the US will leave Afghanistan next year.   There will be many conversations about the country’s political and military future.  But we’re taking a different look at Afghanistan - through the lens of Afghan fiction: films, poetry and folk tales, and an interview with “The Kite Runner" author Khaled Hosseini on his new book. 

  1. Khaled Hosseini on "And the Mountains Echoed"

    Khaled Hosseini's novel “The Kite Runner” put Afghan fiction on the map.  Hosseini's new book is “And the Mountains Echoed.”

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  2. Anna Badkhen on "The World is a Carpet"

    Anna Badkhen spent a year in Oqa, a remote Afghan village. She got to know the 240 people who live there, especially the weavers. 

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  3. Eliza Griswold on the landay

    Eliza Griswold went to the Pashtun region of Afghanistan to gather landay poems for Poetry Magazine. This month’s entire edition is dedicated to the landay.  

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  4. Najaf Mazari on "The Honey Thief"

    For millennia the Hazara people have been telling folk tales. Najaf Mazari and Robert Hillman have collected them in a book called “The Honey Thief.”

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  5. Sam French on his film "Buzkashi Boys"

    “Buzkashi Boys” was one of the film shorts nominated for an Oscar this year. This is a coming of age story set in Afghanistan’s national sport, Buzkashi. It's a game of horse polo played with a dead goat instead of a ball.

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