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Three by Ati Rahimi

 A Thousand Rooms of Dream and Fear takes place in 1979 during a period of social and political upheaval in Kabul On the way home from a night of drinking a university student named Farhad is arrested and brutally beaten A few hours later broken and confused he slowly regains consciousness only to find himself in the care of a beautiful woman who has dragged him into her home to protect him    Winner of Praise for these three novellas by Afghan author Ati TahimiEarth and AshesA thousand rooms of dream and fear and The patience stone The patience stone is my favorite I hasten to say that each novella was superbly written with well developed characters and themes centered around the culture and politics of Afghanistan It is an insight into the fears of the Afghan people

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Three short novels including Prix Goncourt–winning The Patience Stone that convey years of Afghan history heartache and hope Never before in paperback   Ati Rahimi’s reputation for writing war stories of immense drama and intimacy began with his first novel Earth and Ashes about fathers and sons and the terrible strain inflicted on families when an Afghan village is destroyed by the Russian army     These were difficult stories to process In Earth and Ashes a grandfather struggles with the decision to tell his son about the slaughter of their family members In A Thousand Rooms of Dream and Fear a man whose targeting by the Communist government seems to be disproportional to his crime of being out after curfew has others try to save him while he remains confused about his choices And in The Patience Stone a woman tells her secrets to a seemingly comatose husband revealing the ways she s failed to be the invisible and submissive wife I thought that A Thousand Rooms of Dream and Fear was the strongest story but also the most difficult in form The description of the stories both what I ve just given and the summaries I read beforehand didn t prepare me for the formlessness of the story I was expecting a linear objectively descriptive narrative but the story remains close within the head of the narrator protagonist After being nearly beaten to death he s confused and indecisive and his dreams day dreams and memories are treated with the same weight as actual events that are happening around him The switching from dreams to waking also occurs in Earth and Ashes It can be hard to keep track of when he s flowed into a dream The prose is very focused around what a person might feel at the given moment rather than attempting to give lengthy explanations or descriptions or analysis It s worth examining what cultural references we take for granted Rahimi mentions The Book of Kings Haft Paikar Book of the Dead with the casualness that an American writer might reference Huck Finn or Leaves of Grass assuming that the reader will understand the significance although the prefaces and appendices do describe the works in brief It s easy to forget all the things you re missing although it s wonderfully true that written works can transcend time and culture and translation to transmit something to the reader Dangerous Melody (Treasure Seekers years of Afghan history heartache and hope Never before in paperback   Ati Rahimi’s reputation for writing war stories of immense drama and intimacy began with his first novel Earth and Ashes about fathers and sons and the terrible strain inflicted on families when an Afghan village is destroyed by the Russian army     These were difficult stories to process In Earth and Ashes a grandfather struggles with the decision to tell his son about the slaughter of their family members In A Thousand Rooms of Dream and Fear a man whose targeting by the Communist government seems to be disproportional to his crime of being out after curfew has others try to save him while he remains confused about his choices And in The Patience Stone a woman tells her secrets to a seemingly comatose husband revealing the ways she s failed to be the invisible and submissive wife I thought that A Thousand Rooms of Dream and Fear was the strongest story but also the most difficult in form The description of the stories both what I ve just given and the summaries I read beforehand didn t prepare me for the formlessness of the story I was expecting a linear objectively descriptive narrative but the story remains close within the head of the narrator protagonist After being nearly beaten to death he s confused and indecisive and his dreams day dreams and memories are treated with the same weight as actual events that are happening around him The switching from dreams to waking also occurs in Earth and Ashes It can be hard to keep track of when he s flowed into a dream The prose is very focused around what a person might feel at the given moment rather than attempting to give lengthy explanations or descriptions or analysis It s worth examining what cultural references we take for granted Rahimi mentions The Book of Kings Haft Paikar Book of the Dead with the casualness that an American writer might reference Huck Finn or Leaves of Grass assuming that the reader will understand the significance although the prefaces and appendices do describe the works in brief It s easy to forget all the things Devoted to Drew you re missing although it s wonderfully true that written works can transcend time and culture and translation to transmit something to the reader

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The Prix Goncourt The Patience Stone is the tale of a woman caring for her brain damaged husband who was shot in the neck during a petty conflict After years of living in a society of islamic fundamentalism she finds herself strangely liberated by her husband’s condition She tells him her innermost thoughts and secrets many of them dark and deeply repressed never knowing whether he’s able to hear her or n While I found it hard to relate to some of the characters particularly the young man in the middle story I greatly appreciated the themes tackled in these short stories and the way in which Rahimi plays around with style and voice A book I likely wouldn t have chosen for myself but am very grateful to have read

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  • Three by Ati Rahimi
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  • 13 August 2019
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About the Author: Atiq Rahimi

عتيق رحيميAti Rahimi est un romancier et réalisateur de double nationalité française et afghane réfugié de la guerre d'AfghanistanAti Rahimi is a writer and director of French and Afghan multiple citizenship refugee from the war in Afghanistan



5 thoughts on “Three by Ati Rahimi

  1. says:

    These were difficult stories to process In Earth and Ashes a grandfather struggles with the decision to tell his son about the slaughter of their family members In A Thousand Rooms of Dream and Fear a man whose targeting by the Communist government seems to be disproportional to his crime of being out after curfew has others try to save him while he remains confused about his choices And in The Patience Stone a woman tel

  2. says:

    Praise for these three novellas by Afghan author Ati TahimiEarth and AshesA thousand rooms of dream and fear and The patience stone The patien

  3. says:

    While I found it hard to relate to some of the characters particularly the young man in the middle story I greatly appreciated the themes tackled in these short stories and the way in which Rahimi plays around wit

  4. says:

    Earth and AshesHonestly I was halfway through this story before I realized what was going on I think most of that was because of my unfamiliarity with the style I was also thrown by the way people used brother and father to refer to e

  5. says:

    The violence of war is ever present but the violence against women physically culturally and psychologically makes for a distressing read leaving little hope for change in Afghanistan

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