This Shall Be a House of Peace (Paperback)Phil Halton (author)
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Chaos reigns in the wake of the collapse of Afghanistan's Soviet-backed government. In the rural, warlord-ruled south, a student is badly beaten at a checkpoint run by bandits. His teacher, who leads a madrassa for orphans left behind by Afghanistan's civil war, leads his students back to the checkpoint and forces the bandits out. His actions set in motion a chain of events that will change the balance of power in his country and send shock waves through history.
Amid villagers seeking protection and warlords seeking power, the Mullah's influence grows. Against the backdrop of anarchy dominated by armed factions, he devotes himself to building a house of peace with his students - or, as they are called in Pashto, taliban. Part intrigue, part war narrative, and part historical drama, This Shall Be a House of Peace charts their breathtaking ambition, transformation, and rise to power.
Publisher: Dundurn Group Ltd
Number of pages: 400
Weight: 454 g
Dimensions: 216 x 140 x 25 mm
Gritty, unsparingly realistic, and disturbing. And at the same time, Halton's prose is beautiful and haunting. * A Ruined Chapel by Moonlight *
Halton's debut is a must-read for all who turn to books for an understanding of worlds other than their own. * Booklist (starred review) *
It's easy to look at the Taliban as a faceless, fanatic menace, but This Shall Be a House of Peace offers us something different: humanity and understanding. Phil Halton has told a story that feels both mythic and direct. * Matt Lennox, author of Knucklehead *
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