My Forbidden Face
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My Forbidden Face

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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.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 192 pages
  • 126 x 196 x 16mm | 117.94g
  • Little, Brown Book Group
  • Virago Press Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New edition
  • Revised ed.
  • maps
  • 1860499619
  • 9781860499616
  • 73,842

About Latifa

In May 2001, Latifa & her parents escaped Afghanistan & were brought to Europe in an operation organized by a French-based Afghan resistance group & Elle Magazine. She speaks Persian and is learning English and French. Latifa is not her real name.show more

Review quote

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 * A poweful and poetic account of life under the Taliban. * DAILY TELEGRAPH * A salutary read for any Western woman, and one that makes you appreciate the freedoms we often take for granted. * GLAMOUR * 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 *show more

Rating details

2,444 ratings
3.79 out of 5 stars
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4 37% (903)
3 28% (693)
2 7% (159)
1 2% (45)

Our customer reviews

Amazing account of the tragedy that turned Afghanistan into what it is today. Latifa writes with the innocence of a young woman who has no choice but to watch her world shrink as the Taliban strikes fear and repression on Afghani life, strangling the hopes and dreams of a generation. A place where free thought and expression are stifled, where womens rights to education disappear, where women are banned from working and art/culture/history are destroyed. To read this is to understand how and why the average Afghani had no choice.show more
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