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The Resource I am the beggar of the world : landays from contemporary Afghanistan, translated and presented by Eliza Griswold ; photographs by Seamus Murphy

I am the beggar of the world : landays from contemporary Afghanistan, translated and presented by Eliza Griswold ; photographs by Seamus Murphy

Label
I am the beggar of the world : landays from contemporary Afghanistan
Title
I am the beggar of the world
Title remainder
landays from contemporary Afghanistan
Statement of responsibility
translated and presented by Eliza Griswold ; photographs by Seamus Murphy
Title variation
Landays from contemporary Afghanistan
Contributor
Editor
Photographer
Translator
Subject
Genre
Language
  • eng
  • pus
  • eng
Summary
An eye-opening collection of clandestine poems by Afghan women - "Because my love's American, blisters blossom on my heart". Afghans revere poetry, particularly the high literary forms that derive from Persian or Arabic. But the poem above is a folk couplet - a landay, an ancient oral and anonymous form created by and for mostly illiterate people: the more than 20 million Pashtun women who span the border between Afghanistan and Pakistan. War, separation, homeland, love - these are the subjects of landays, which are brutal and spare, can be remixed like rap, and are powerful in that they make no attempts to be literary. From Facebook to drone strikes to the songs of the ancient caravans that first brought these poems to Afghanistan thousands of years ago, landays reflect contemporary Pashtun life and the impact of three decades of war. With the U.S. withdrawal in 2014 looming, these are the voices of protest most at risk of being lost when the Americans leave. After learning the story of a teenage girl who was forbidden to write poems and set herself on fire in protest, the poet Eliza Griswold and the photographer Seamus Murphy journeyed to Afghanistan to learn about these women and to collect their landays. The poems gathered in I Am the Beggar of the World express a collective rage, a lament, a filthy joke, a love of homeland, an aching longing, a call to arms, all of which belie any facile image of a Pashtun woman as nothing but a mute ghost beneath a blue burqa
Cataloging source
DLC
Dewey number
891/.5931
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
Language note
Translated from the Pushto
LC call number
PK6814.5.E54
LC item number
I33 2014
Literary form
non fiction
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorDate
  • 1973-
  • 1959-
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
  • Griswold, Eliza
  • Murphy, Seamus
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  • Pushto poetry
  • Pushto poetry
  • Folk poetry, Pushto
Label
I am the beggar of the world : landays from contemporary Afghanistan, translated and presented by Eliza Griswold ; photographs by Seamus Murphy
Instantiates
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocn846545885
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
149 pages
Isbn
9780374191870
Lccn
2013035179
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other control number
40023551593
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (OCoLC)846545885
  • (Sirsi) a1795371
Label
I am the beggar of the world : landays from contemporary Afghanistan, translated and presented by Eliza Griswold ; photographs by Seamus Murphy
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocn846545885
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
149 pages
Isbn
9780374191870
Lccn
2013035179
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other control number
40023551593
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (OCoLC)846545885
  • (Sirsi) a1795371

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