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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Vintage (Jan. 1 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099539543
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099539544
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1 x 19.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 118 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #558,410 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Friederike Knabe TOP 100 REVIEWER on March 6 2010
Format: Hardcover
This simple epigram sets the stage for this very unusual and powerful story: it is both personal, even intimate, and wide-reaching in substance and relevance. At the centre of all comings and goings is one room where a woman attends to her wounded husband. A photo of him on the wall identifies him as a combatant for one of the fighting factions in an ongoing war. The sounds of gunfire, of tanks near-by smashing house walls and of men shouting -far or close by - regularly break into the room's silence where the woman is also deep in thought and prayer. The woman goes about her nursing routines, leaves the room to speak to her young daughters somewhere down the passage, comes back, refreshes the feeding tube, washes her husband's motionless body and, settling back beside him, continues counting her prayer beads while reciting one of the ninety-nine names of God. If it were not for his quiet regular breathing, one would think the man had died already...

In a language that is at the same time simple, spare and compressed, yet often poetic, Rahimi evokes the atmosphere in the room that is both calm and serene and, nonetheless, held in suspense by tensions lingering below the surface. As readers we feel like intimate observers of a domestic tragedy, yet at the same time, through the special lens that the room provides we can perceive the desolation and brutality of the outside world. Slowly, in sensitively conveyed step, the reader learns to understand the hard life of the woman, her family and background and also the intricacies of a society torn apart by tradition and power struggles. The woman opens her heart, expressing her deepest held thoughts to her man who cannot answer but might well hear her.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Stella Iliopoulos on Aug. 16 2012
Format: Hardcover
I ordered and read this novella based on the two previous ratings! I was VERY DISAPPOINTED!!! I have read several books on the struggles of Afghanistan and this book was horrible! There was little progression in the reader's understanding of the plight of the women in this culture, or even the hardships of this war-torn country. This book was vulgar, utter complete nonsense. DO NOT waste your time or your $ on this read. It is not worth it!!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Book Smart on April 5 2010
Format: Hardcover
A brilliant novel. Unlike anything I have ever read - the style is fascinating. Completely eye-opening and heart wrenching. Definitely one of my top ten books.
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By Anakina on July 9 2014
Format: Paperback
It is actually a novella rather than a novel. In Afghanistan, a woman keeps vigil at the bedside of her husband in a coma and begins to talk with him, who cannot hear her, revealing untold secrets. Very particular the idea of telling the story as if there was a camera in the room recording images and sounds. We cannot see what is happening outside it; at best we can hear noises in the distance. The topics are certainly controversial though unfortunately not surprising anymore. The author's style is undoubtedly beautiful, but this story did not satisfy me. The choice of this particular external point of view removes breath from the narrative, makes it too limited. I wondered what the protagonist really thought and I wanted to see a little out of that room.
But what threw me off and resulted in my judgment is the ending, which might be called, at the option of the reader, meaningless or poetic. I opt for the first solution, since we are talking about a book of prose not poetry and I think that taking refuge in the beauty of writing to avoid giving plausibility to the end of a book is just an easy shortcut.
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