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Author Badkhen, Anna, 1976-

Title The world is a carpet : four seasons in an Afghan village / Anna Badkhen.

Publication Info. New York, New York : Riverhead Hardcover, 2013.


Location Call No. Status
 GDL Central Library Non-Fiction    305.4095 BAD    Available
 PAS Central Library Non-Fiction, 3rd Floor    305.40958 BAD    Available
Description 271 pages : illustrations, map ; 22 cm
text rdacontent
unmediated rdamedia
volume rdacarrier
Summary "In the middle of the salt-frosted Afghan desert, in a village so remote that Google Earth can't find it, a woman squats on top of a loom, making flowers bloom in the thousand threads she knots by hand. Here, where heroin is cheaper than rice, every day is a fast day. B-52s pass overhead--a sign of America's omnipotence or its vulnerability, the villagers are unsure. They know, though, that the earth is flat--like a carpet. Anna Badkhen first traveled 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--from the petal half-finished where a hungry infant needed care, to the interruptions in pattern where the women traded sex jokes or filled in for wedding musicians scared away by the Taliban. 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"--Book jacket.
Subject Badkhen, Anna, 1976-
Women -- Afghanistan -- Social conditions -- 21st century.
Women weavers -- Afghanistan.
Rugs, Oriental -- Afghanistan.
Carpets -- Afghanistan.
Weaving -- Afghanistan.
Afghanistan -- Social life and customs.
ISBN 9781594488320 (hardback)
1594488320 (hardback)

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