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  • Published: 10 July 2014
  • ISBN: 9781594632679
  • Imprint: Riverhead
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 288
  • RRP: $27.99

The World is a Carpet: Four Seasons in an Afghan Village



As Badkhen follows the carpet out into the world beyond, she leaves the reader with an indelible portrait of fates woven by centuries of art, war, and an ancient trade that ultimately binds the invaded to the invader.

In the middle of the salt-frosted Afghan desert, in a village so remote that Google can't find it, a woman squats on top of a loom, making flowers bloom in the thousand threads she knots by hand.  Anna Badkhen first travelled to this country in 2001 as a war correspondent.  She has returned many times since, drawn by a land that geography has made a perpetual battleground, and by a people who sustain an exquisite tradition there.  Through the four seasons in which a new carpet is woven by the women and children of Oqa, she immortalizes their way of life much as the carpet does.  As Badkhen follows the carpet out into the world beyond, she leaves the reader with an indelible portrait of fates woven by centuries of art, war, and an ancient trade that ultimately binds the invaded to the invader.  'A powerful, unsentimental study of life persisting in extreme conditions.'  The New York Observer 'Transporting.'  The Christian Science Monitor  'Season by season, rite by rite, encounter by encounter, thread by illuminating thread, Badkhen weaves a glorious prose carpet that poignantly captures the surface and the soul of life in Oqa.'  National Geographic

  • Published: 10 July 2014
  • ISBN: 9781594632679
  • Imprint: Riverhead
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 288
  • RRP: $27.99

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