My Forbidden Face (Paperback)
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Paperback 192 Pages / Published: 14/11/2002
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Latifa was born into an educated middle-class Afghan family in Kabul in 1980. She dreamed of one day of becoming a journalist, she was interested in fashion, movies and friends. Her father was in the import/export business and her mother was a doctor.
Then in September 1996, Taliban soldiers seized power in Kabul. From that moment, Latifa, just 16 years old became a prisoner in her own home. Her school was closed. Her mother was banned from working. The simplest and most basic freedoms - walking down the street, looking out a window - were no longer hers. She was now forced to wear a chadri.
My Forbidden Face provides a poignant and highly personal account of life under the Taliban regime. With painful honesty and clarity Latifa describes the way she watched her world falling apart, in the name of a fanatical interpretation of a faith that she could not comprehend. Her voice captures a lost innocence, but also echoes her determination to live in freedom and hope.
Earlier this year, Latifa and her parents escaped Afghanistan with the help of a French-based Afghan resistance group.

Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
ISBN: 9781860499616
Number of pages: 192
Weight: 137 g
Dimensions: 196 x 126 x 10 mm


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Her descriptions of watching videos in secret, listening to the radio in terror lest she be caught and hovering on the edge of a black hole of depression during what should have been the liveliest years of her life give a very human face to the known facts of how the most repressive government on the planet operated. * IRISH INDEPENDENT *
A salutary read for any Western woman, and one that makes you appreciate the freedoms we often take for granted. * GLAMOUR *
A poweful and poetic account of life under the Taliban. * DAILY TELEGRAPH *
This thoughtful and affecting account...questions the complacency of Western feminism which has forgotten the many women across the world who still have nothing. * DAILY MAIL *

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I found this book fascinating. It is a real insider's look at life under the Taliban. Latifa tells of her shock and disbelief, it is clearly explained in simple language. It is simple and very honest. Women... More

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