A Journey through Afghanistan

David Chaffetz

A Journey through Afghanistan
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David Chaffetz

272 pages | 6 x 9 | © 1981, 1984, 2002
Paper $26.00 ISBN: 9780226100647 Published January 2002
Shortly before the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, David Chaffetz slipped from the protection of Western culture and immersed himself in the customs, fears, and hopes of the Afghan people, setting out by car and on horseback for a long journey through the northwestern quarter of the country. A Journey through Afghanistan is the story, told in vivid, descriptive prose, of his experience—an account that reveals more about the Afghan people themselves than most books written either before or since.
Contents
Foreword by Willard Wood

Chapter One: Portals to a Land
Islam Qala
Dasht, Bagh, Bazaar
Days and Nights in a Fasting Season
Celebrating the Feast

Chapter Two: Waiting for Transfer
Afghan Truck
Light
Samovar Talk
The Div's Castle
At the Bell
On the Steppe

Chapter Three: On Pilgrimage
Mazar-i-Sharif
Graves of Giants
The Cave of Sleepers

Chapter Four: Heart of an Oasis
The Old City
A Grand Gesture
A Keepsake
Holiday Bath
Abraham's Sacrifice

Chapter Five: On Horseback
Ganj Bazaar
Kabud, Ablaq
Riding Out

Chapter Six: The Journey
Eastward
On the Road
The Storm
Prophetic Talk
Under the Earth

Chapter Seven: In the Valley
A Very Small World
By the Riverside
Life of the Tribes
A Strange Ritual
The Shah of Mashhad

Chapter Eight: Leaving Afghanistan
A Handful of Dust
Madmen
Echoes & Apologies

Glossary
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