June 10, 2023


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A Curse on Dostoevsky by Atiq Rahimi

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A Curse on Dostoevsky.jpgA story of crime and punishment in Kabul impresses Anthony Cummins (The Telegraph)

Violence in Afghanistan has provided material for dark fables (Jamil Ahmad), gory epics (Nadeem Aslam) and sentimental blockbusters (Khaled Hosseini). In this slim puzzle of a novel the French-Afghan writer Atiq Rahimi takes a more unusual approach, recasting Crime and Punishment in Kabul during the civil war that followed Soviet withdrawal and preceded the rise of the Taliban.

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