- Taschenbuch: 576 Seiten
- Verlag: Fontana Press; Auflage: New edition (Mai 1993)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 0006174027
- ISBN-13: 978-0006174028
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 12 x 3,1 x 18 cm
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 2 Kundenrezensionen
- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 2.220.952 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
Kara Kush: The Gold of Ahmad Shah (Englisch) Taschenbuch – Mai 1993
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Born in Afghanistan and educated in America, Adam Durany returns home to rally his followers, an ill-equipped band of patriots, against Soviet infiltrators that threaten their country and way of life. -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine andere Ausgabe: Gebundene Ausgabe.
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Although the conceit is an American-educated Afghan returning to organize Afghans fighting the Soviets in the 1980s--probably intended to help sales for this English-language book written by an Afghan--the book is an Afghan's view of the Afghan struggle to defeat the invading Soviets. While the cold war message Americans might have taken away from the book was that Afghans were our allies in defeating the totalitarian Soviet Union, the lasting message is a different one. Afghanistan is not so much a nation as a geographical region filled with fiercely independent tribes. Much has been made of their success in repulsing invaders. But the deeper story is that they have never surrendered their independence to anyone, including indigenous governments. Tribal leaders were willing to pledge nominal fealty to Afghan governments so long as those governments made no effort to expand their writ to tribal areas. But the tribes never allowed themselves to actually be governed by any central authority. Even the Taliban, for all their brutality, never controlled the whole area of Afghanistan.
Some have criticized this book for treating the Soviets as caricatures. But the book is told from the Afghan viewpoint, and fighters demonize their enemies. This is not an objective book that tries to see the Soviets as they really were, it is a book that presents the Soviets as an Afghan imagines them. If that is a problem for you, you might not like the book.
A powerful--albeit biased and definitely period--book, it still offers a vivid insight to Afghan tribalism. Yes, to read it today you will have to set aside some cold war baggage. But many "old" novels carry baggage from their era. This novel is a lively read, and deserves a new lease on remembrance by yet another tragic turn in Afghan history.