Shadow City : A Woman Walks Kabul-9781784708023

Shadow City : A Woman Walks Kabul

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'A fabulous piece of writing... I recommend it unreservedly' William Dalrymple
'A brilliant book' Christina Lamb

One of the first things I was told when I arrived in Kabul was never to walk... When journalist Taran Khan arrives in Kabul, she uncovers a place that defies her expectations.


Her wanderings with other Kabulis reveal a fragile city in a state of flux: stricken by near-constant war, but flickering with the promise of peace; governed by age-old codes but experimenting with new modes of living. Her walks take her to the unvisited tombs of the dead, and to the land of the living - like the booksellers, archaeologists, film-makers and entrepreneurs who are remaking this 3,000-year-old city. And as NATO troops begin to withdraw from the country, Khan watches the cycle of transformation begin again.

'A wonderful journey' Atiq Rahimi'Khan illuminates [Kabul's] life-affirming humanity' TLS
Published 04/02/2021 (Vintage) in the United Kingdom
Paperback | 288 pages