Authors: Qais Akbar Omar
Shakespeare in Kabul
(with Stephen Landrigan)
PUBLISHED BY ALFRED A. KNOPF CANADA
Copyright © 2013 Qais Akbar Omar
Maps copyright © 2013 Jeffrey L. Ward
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Library and Archives Canada Cataloguing in Publication
Omar, Qais Akbar
A fort of nine towers : an Afghan family story / Qais Akbar Omar
1. Omar, Qais Akbar. 2. Afghanistan—Biography. I. Title
DS371. O43A3 2013 958.104’5092 C2012-907995-2
Jacket image © Mohammed Kheirkhah/UPI/eyevine
If sorrow settles in your heart, then where is the home of joy?
The sorrows and joys of life are all mixed together.
No one can separate them, except the One who created them.
Real men do not die of death; death finds its death in man.
Real men do not die of death; death finds its name in man.
When a man’s name is respected, then death has no name.
My grandfather said