Tra gli anni Cinquanta e Settanta, al confine tra Afghanistan e Pakistan, Ahmad conduce il lettore attraverso le incredibili vicissitudini delle tribù nomadi costrette dalle guerre e dall’avanzare della modernità a perire per mancanza di cibo e acqua. A raccontarci le loro storie, le loro affascinanti leggende e l’imperscrutabile saggezza di cui sono portatrici, è un bambino, Toz Baz, il Falco nero: nato sotto il più infausto degli auspici, da una donna colpevole di adulterio, vagherà fino all’età adulta da una tribù all’altra, da una figura paterna all’altra, nei recessi più oscuri del territorio e in quelli ancora più misteriosi delle anime che lo popolano.
- ISBN: 8833925676
- Casa Editrice: Bollati Boringhieri
- Pagine: 164
This is pretty interesting for a novel with no continuous plot and no appreciable character development. It was written by an eighty-year-old man who had a long civil service career in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas around the Pakistan/Afghanistan border. This is where the book is set. The
(A caveat at the beginning: I read this book in Malayalam translation, and pretty bad translation at that. It may be better in the original.) Jamil Ahmad was a civil servant in the Pakistan Civil Services, and he worked extensively in the hilly regions which serve as the border between Afghanistan an Leggi tutto
Recent events led me to starting this book, a choice that I now think I should have made ages ago. Then again, an earlier reading would not have resulted in the same breed of appreciation, not while I continued to adhere to the common formula of treating literature and politics as distinct and isola Leggi tutto
Jamil Ahmad, The Wandering Falcon Jamil Ahmed is a talented writer and a gifted storyteller. He offers rare insight into the remote regions of Pakistan—the tribal belts. Like the landscape itself, the characters portrayed in these short stories are desolate, crude, unyielding and grotesque in their o Leggi tutto
This is a difficult book to review, although I must say from the start that I truly enjoyed it. If you read it, I have a suggestion. Pretend that you are at a library or an outdoor event, in a group gathered around to listen to a great storyteller. There is tea for everyone and perhaps some dates, n Leggi tutto
With a unique snippets-like format, this book takes the reader into the deeper recesses of the cultural landscape of the tribal region of Pakistan, Afghanistan and Iran. To me it seemed like a mini narrative to challenge the modern world's prevalent conceptions of society, culture, and above all the Leggi tutto
This book has a very weird format. The weirdest I’ve read yet, because it seems to be composed of disparate short stories, which then link with each other with our protagonist as the common point. And of course other authors have also used this particular format of writing, some with quite a reasona Leggi tutto
পাকিস্তানী সরকারি আমলা জামিল আহমদের চাকুরী জীবনের প্রায় পুরোটাই কেটেছিল পাক-আফগানের বুনো সীমান্তে - অর্থাৎ বালুচিস্তান আর পেশাওয়ার-খাইবার অঞ্চলে। অতিদীর্ঘ এই এলাকার ইতিহাস। এপথেই আলেক্সান্ডার এসেছিলেন ভারতবর্ষে, ব্রিটিশ এবং রুশ সাম্রাজ্যের শতবর্ষী দ্বন্দ্বের (The Great Game) কেন্দ্রবিন্দু ছিল, কিপ Leggi tutto
Hope does not die like an animal - quick and sudden. It is more like a plant, which slowly withers away. Jamil Ahmad spent most of his life working in the Pakistani Civil Service, a labor that stationed him in several remote territories along the Afghan border. He was also, for a time, posted as a mi Leggi tutto
This book gets the distinction of a "one-sitting read". Aside from refilling my whiskey on the rocks, I just couldn't stop. Whichever publisher brought this book to fruition should get a bonus. Everything about it was perfect. Its cover w/ built-in leaf flaps, the uneven page cuts, the coverwork, the Leggi tutto
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