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Shadow City
  • ISBN: 9781784708023
  • Pages: 288
  • Publisher: Vintage
  • Binding: Paperback

Shadow City

A Woman Walks Kabul

Taran Khan
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Winner of the Stanford Dolman Travel Book of the Year Award 2021

‘One of the first things I was told when I arrived in Kabul was never to walk . . .’

When journalist Taran Khan arrives in Kabul, she uncovers a place that defies her expectations. Her wanderings with other Kabulis reveal a fragile city in a state of flux: stricken by near-constant war, but flickering with the promise of peace; governed by age-old codes but experimenting with new modes of living.

Her walks take her to the unvisited tombs of the dead, and to the land of the living – like the booksellers, archaeologists, film-makers and entrepreneurs who are remaking this 3,000-year-old city. And as NATO troops begin to withdraw from the country, Khan watches the cycle of transformation begin again.

‘A fabulous piece of writing . . . I recommend it unreservedly’ William Dalrymple



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