Lost & Misrepresented Voices of Afghanistan Chapter 3 Page 1

The Irony in Freedom of speech: Expressing a voice that others want to control

This second chapter will focus upon how The Bookseller of Kabul raises various important questions about the freedom of power and voice within the lives of several characters that are depicted living within Afghanistan. The novel The Bookseller of Kabul was written by Asne Seierstad who was very fortunate enough to build a close bond to the Khan family who allowed her to enter their family realm in order to capture the real and authentic family virtues of a typical Afghanastani family. Seierstad ironically having written the novel and having it successfully published found herself faced with a lawsuit which was the beginning of yet another tale altogether. The novel focuses on various themes such as power, control, influence of the