Lost & Misrepresented Voices of Afghanistan Chapter 1 Page 12

matter the consequence and implications upon others.

My second novel choice is the acclaimed The Bookseller of Kabul by the Norwegian journalist Asne Seierstad. This novel depicted a rather different aspect of Afghanistan for the wider audience, showing instead the intimate aspects of a ‘real’ Afghanastani family as they lived their lives after the Taliban had left Afghanistan. Seierstad was placed in a rather fortunate position as she was able to mix between the two genders of the two households within Afghanistan which is unheard of due to the strict Islamic code of conduct which dictates that:

The women in traditional Maghrebran society as Djebar portrays her is silenced and silent. The veil, or haik, folds her into a space of feminine enclosure. (Erickson, 1998, p.42).