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The Resource The world is a carpet : four seasons in an Afghan village, Anna Badkhen

The world is a carpet : four seasons in an Afghan village, Anna Badkhen

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The world is a carpet : four seasons in an Afghan village
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The world is a carpet
Title remainder
four seasons in an Afghan village
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Anna Badkhen
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4 seasons in an Afghan village
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eng
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  • "An unforgettable portrait of a place and a people shaped by centuries of art, trade, and war. In the middle of the salt-frosted Afghan desert, in a village so remote that Google 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 needs care to the interruptions when the women trade sex jokes or go fill 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"--
  • "In the middle of the salt-frosted Afghan desert, in a village so remote that Google 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 needs care to the interruptions where the women trade sex jokes or go fill 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"--
Summary
Despite war and invasion, Turkoman weavers have created gorgeous carpets for centuries. In the tiny desert village of Oqa, Afghanistan, people still believe the world is flat; American fighter planes fly overheard, and hunger is common. An award-winning journalist traces the path of one beautifully intricate carpet woven here --from the purchase of its yarn, through months of intricate weavings that reflect the village's life, to its journey to market. This compelling read portrays fascinating people you won't soon forget, in a community bonded by rich traditions and tremendous hardships. - Description by Dawn Towery
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10175748
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305.409581
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no index present
LC call number
DS354
LC item number
.B3225 2013
Literary form
non fiction
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adult
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four seasons in an Afghan village
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The world is a carpet : four seasons in an Afghan village, Anna Badkhen
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text
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837921788
Dimensions
22 cm.
Extent
271 pages
Isbn
9781594488320
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(hardback)
Lccn
2013003827
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unmediated
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rdamedia.
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illustrations, map
Label
The world is a carpet : four seasons in an Afghan village, Anna Badkhen
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Control code
837921788
Dimensions
22 cm.
Extent
271 pages
Isbn
9781594488320
Isbn Type
(hardback)
Lccn
2013003827
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Other physical details
illustrations, map

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