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Yasmina Khadra - The Swallows of Kabul

Yasmina Khadra discusses The Swallows of Kabul, a portrait of life under a tyrannical theocracy.

The Algerian writer Yasmina Khadra discusses his novel, The Swallows of Kabul - a portrait of life under a tyrannical theocracy. Khadra is actually a man, and took a pseudonym (his wife's!) during his career in the Algerian Army during the civil war. His book follows a group of people struggling to hold on to their humanity in a world where pleasure is a sin and death awaits anyone who breaks the rules. Khadra answers questions from BBC listeners worldwide, in discussion with Harriett Gilbert.

(Photo: Yasmina Khadra. Credit: E.Robert-Espalieu)

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