My Pen Is the Wing of a Bird
New Fiction by Afghan Women
by 18 Afghan Women
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Pub Date 18 Oct 2022 | Archive Date Not set
"My pen is the wing of a bird; it will tell you those thoughts we are not allowed to think, those dreams we are not allowed to dream."
Eighteen Afghan women living in, speaking about, and writing from the country itself tell stories that are powerful and illuminating, unique and universal - stories of family, work, childhood, friendship, war, gender identity, and cultural traditions.
A woman's fortitude saves her village from disaster. A teenager explores their identity in a moment of quiet. A tormented girl tries to find love through a horrific act. A headmaster makes his way to work, treading the fine line between life and death.
These and more original, vital, and unexpected stories hail from extraordinary voices rooted in Afghanistan's two main linguistic groups (Pashto and Dari), and were developed over two years through the writer development program Untold's Write Aghanistan Project. My Pen Is the Wing of a Bird comes at a pivotal moment in Afghanistan's history, when these voices must be heard.
With an Introduction by Lyse Doucet, BBC chief international correspondant, and afterword by Lucy Hannah, Founder and Director of Untold
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Average rating from 11 members
This short story collection...wow...what can I say? It took me a long time to get through because there are some stories that are absolutely gut wrenching. But don't let that dissuade you, there are also stories that are hopeful. Overall this collection is incredible. Although I would love to write more, I don't think my words can do it justice. Just read it and experience it for yourself.
Thank you, Netgalley, for a free copy in exchange for an honest review.
A powerful collection of short stories by Afghan women, many of them incredibly heartbreaking and stories that will stay with me for a long time. It's rare that we get to read something by writers out of Aghanistan or about Afghanistan that isn't a sterile piece about war. Their bravery in sharing their writing is inspiring and I enjoyed this book so much, highly recommend for anyone interested in women's stories around the globe or Afghanistan in general.
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