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24 popular afghan books
Travel the world without leaving your chair. The target of the Read Around The World Challenge is to read at least one book written by an author from each and every country in the world. All books that are listed here as part of the "Read Around Asia Challenge" were written by authors from Afghanistan. Find a great book for the next part of your reading journey around the world from this book list. The following popular books have been recommended so far.

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99 Nights in Logar by Jamil Jan Kochai EN

Rating: 3 (1 vote)
Country: Asia / Afghanistan flag Afghanistan
Description:
"Twelve-year-old Marwand's memories from his previous visit to Afghanistan six years ago center on his contentious relationship with Budabash, the terrifying but beloved dog who guards his extended family's compound in Logar. Eager to find an ally in this place that's meant to be 'home, Marwand approaches Budabash the way he would any dog on his American suburban block--and the results are disastrous: Marwand loses a finger and Budabash escapes. The resulting search for the family dog is an expertly told adventure, a ninety-nine-night quest that sends Marwand and his cousins across the landsca... continue

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A Thousand Rooms of Dream and Fear by Atiq Rahimi EN

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Country: Asia / Afghanistan flag Afghanistan
Description:
Farhad is a typical student, interested in wine, women & poetry. But one night changes all that. It is 1979 & Afghanistan is in the early days of the pro-Soviet coup. Farhad goes out drinking with a friend who is about to flee to Pakistan. A few hours later he regains consciousness in a strange house, beaten & confused.
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A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini EN

Rating: 4 (102 votes)
Country: Asia / Afghanistan flag Afghanistan
Description:
Propelled by the same superb instinct for storytelling that made The Kite Runner a beloved classic, the #1 New York Times bestseller A Thousand Splendid Suns is at once an incredible chronicle of thirty years of Afghan history and a deeply moving story of family, friendship, faith, and the salvation to be found in love. “Just as good, if not better, than Khaled Hosseini’s best-selling first book, The Kite Runner.”—Newsweek Khaled Hosseini returns with a beautiful, riveting, and haunting novel that confirms his place as one of the most important literary writers today. Born a generation apart a... continue

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And the Mountains Echoed : A Novel by Khaled Hosseini EN

Rating: 4 (21 votes)
Country: Asia / Afghanistan flag Afghanistan
Description:
An unforgettable novel about finding a lost piece of yourself in someone else. Khaled Hosseini, the #1 New York Times–bestselling author of The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns, has written a new novel about how we love, how we take care of one another, and how the choices we make resonate through generations. In this tale revolving around not just parents and children but brothers and sisters, cousins and caretakers, Hosseini explores the many ways in which families nurture, wound, betray, honor, and sacrifice for one another; and how often we are surprised by the actions of those clo... continue

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Dancing in the mosque by Homeira Qaderi EN

Rating: 3 (1 vote)
Country: Asia / Afghanistan flag Afghanistan
Description:
An exquisite and inspiring memoir about one mother's unimaginable choice in the face of oppression and abuse in Taliban-controlled Afghanistan.

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De knikkers van Qadir : het waargebeurde verhaal van een vader op de vlucht by Qadir Nadery, Leo Bormans NL

Rating: 4 (1 vote)
Country: Asia / Afghanistan flag Afghanistan
Description:
Verhaal van een Afghaanse man die met zijn gezin vlucht voor het geweld van de taliban naar Europa, door de bergen, als bootvluchteling en overgeleverd aan mensensmokkelaars.

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Defiant Dreams : The Journey of an Afghan Girl Who Risked Everything for Education by Sola Mahfouz, Malaina Kapoor EN

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Country: Asia / Afghanistan flag Afghanistan
Description:
A searing, deeply personal memoir of a tenacious Afghan girl who educated herself behind closed doors and fought her way to a new life. “Stories like this inspire me. Seeing the way people like Sola Mahfouz think about the world reinforces my optimism about the future.”―BILL GATES Sola Mahfouz was born in Kandahar, Afghanistan, in 1996, the year the Taliban took over her country for the first time. They banned television and photographs, presided over brutal public executions, and turned the clock backward on women’s rights, practically imprisoning women within their own homes and forcing them... continue



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Earth and Ashes by Atiq Rahimi EN

Rating: 4 (1 vote)
Country: Asia / Afghanistan flag Afghanistan
Description:
When the Soviet army arrives in Afghanistan, the elderly Dastaguir witnesses the destruction of his village. Haunting in its spareness, "Earth and Ashes" is a tale of devastating loss, but also of human perseverance in the face of madness and war.


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