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Dancing in the Mosque by Homeira Qaderi

Dancing in the Mosque

An Afghan Mother's Letter to her Son

Homeira Qaderi

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Imprint: Fourth Estate Ltd
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 7 Jan 2021
ISBN: 9780008375270

An exquisite and inspiring memoir about one mother's unimaginable choice in the face of oppression and abuse in Taliban-controlled Afghanistan.

4 stars out of 5
Lyse Doucet
12 Jan 2021

"A rebellious woman’s memoir about her life under the Taliban is moving and gripping"

Through lyrical imagery – striking and shocking – she takes us inside the small world of a child “too young and energetic to understand fear”. But invisible bullets and very visible Russian tanks hint at the big bad world beyond in the decade after the Soviet invasion that sparked the 40-years-and-counting war... But Afghanistan’s contorted past takes a back seat to the gripping story of a girl growing up. A bit more history wouldn’t have gone amiss, though. For example, we seem to move seamlessly from Taliban to post-Taliban rule after the 9/11 attacks that brought them down. But perhaps this cements one of her central points. It doesn’t matter who is in power - women’s lives don’t change much...