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Earth and Ashes
Earth and Ashes | Atiq Rahimi
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"You know, father, sorrow can turn to water and spill from your eyes, or it can sharpen your tongue into a sword, or it can become a time bomb that, one day, will explode and destroy you" Earth and Ashes is the spare, powerful story of an Afghan man, Dastaguir, trying desperately to reach his son Murad, who has left his village to earn a living working at a mine. In the meantime the village has been bombed by the Russian army, and Dastaguir, with his newly-deaf grandson Yassin in tow, must reach Murad to tell him of the carnage. The old man is beset on all sides by sorrow, that of his grandson, who cannot understand, that of his son, who does not yet know, and his own, made even crueler by the message he must deliver. Atiq Rahimi, whose reputation for writing war stories of immense drama and intimacy began with this, his first novel, has managed to condense centuries of Afghan history into a short tale of three very different generations. But he has also created a universal story about fathers and sons, and the terrible strain inflicted on those bonds of family during the unpredictable carnage of war.
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MariettaSG
Earth and Ashes | Atiq Rahimi
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Another fascinating story from Rahimi, 'you' are the ageing grandfather struggling to see your son to let him know that his family has died as a result of bombing and that his remaining son is deaf as a consequence. Another sudden ending. The pain of grief and how to deal with it.

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MariettaSG
Earth and Ashes | Atiq Rahimi

So I struggled with Rahimi‘s use of the present tense in The Patience Stone and now this text is in second person ‘you‘. ‘You‘ are the grandfather. I don‘t mind this as much as present tense but I know if it is not done well I will struggle.
This one translated from Dari.

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Earth and Ashes | Atiq Rahimi
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Finished #LitsyAtoZ with Atiq Rahimi's Earth and Ashes.

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