By Atiq Rahimi
Farhad is a standard pupil, twenty-one years previous, drawn to wine, ladies, and poetry, and negligent of the non secular conservatism of his grandfather. yet he lives in Kabul in 1979, and the early days of the pro-Soviet coup are approximately to alter his existence endlessly. One evening Farhad is going out ingesting with a pal who's approximately to escape to Pakistan, and is brutally abused by way of a gaggle squaddies. a couple of hours later he slowly regains attention in an unusual apartment, overwhelmed and harassed, and thinks firstly that he's useless. an odd and lovely girl has dragged him into her domestic for safekeeping, and slowly Farhad starts off to believe a forbidden love for her--a love that embodies an offended compassion for the anguish of Afghanistan's ladies. As his brain sifts via its thoughts, fears, and hallucinations, and the outlines of fact begin to harden, he realizes that, if he's to flee the warriors who desire to end the activity they begun, he needs to go away every little thing he loves in the back of and be able to get to Pakistan.
Rahimi makes use of his tight, spare prose to ship the reader deep into the fractured brain and feelings of a rustic stuck among faith and the political machinations of the world's superpowers.
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The other exception to the lack of good literary texts at the end of the nineteenth century is the case of Laure Conan (1845-1924), French Canada's first woman novelist. Félicité Angers, for such was her real name, wrote seven novels, of which four are more or less autobiographical and three historical. It is one of her autobiographical novels that deserves our attention, for, in the eyes of many critics, this work is one of the most important of the nineteenth century in Quebec. Angéline de Montbrun, written in 1881, was a welcome change from the heavy-handed romans à thèse of Gérin-Lajoie or Tardivel.
On the contrary, it is as if, beginning in 1840, French-Canadian literature turned its back on Canada and defined itself wholly within the bounds of Quebec. A Sense of Nationhood The rebellion of the Patriots in 1837 marked the eruption into violence of the liberal tendencies that were evident in the journalism of La Minerve and Le Canadien. The armed struggle, and its repression by British troops, showed that there was a French-Canadian intellectual elite that admired the American Page 10 experience and had little patience for the French-Canadian Catholic church and its complicity with British authorities.
A Thousand Rooms of Dream and Fear by Atiq Rahimi