My Forbidden Face

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.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 192 pages
  • 126 x 196 x 16mm | 117.94g
  • Virago Press Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New edition
  • Revised ed.
  • maps
  • 1860499619
  • 9781860499616
  • 73,572

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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 *
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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.
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Rating details

2,625 ratings
3.8 out of 5 stars
5 26% (692)
4 37% (975)
3 29% (750)
2 6% (162)
1 2% (46)

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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 more
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