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Three Women of Herat: A Memoir of Life, Love and Friendship in Afghanistan

Three Women of Herat: A Memoir of Life, Love and Friendship in Afghanistan
Veronica Doubleday

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In the years before the communist coup and the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, Veronica Doubleday set up home in the ancient city of Herat. At first, her only glimpses of women were as shadows - faceless and voiceless. Gradually, however, she began to meet them in the seclusion of their homes. She formed particular friendships with three young mothers who welcomed her into their lives, teaching her their customs and music and sharing the details of their everyday existence. She witnessed their most personal moments: the births and deaths of their children, their marriages and celebrations, religious holidays, healings, and rituals. In 1979, the Soviets invaded Afghanistan. The country Doubleday had come to love changed irreparably and for some years she lost all contact with her friends. Incredibly, during a recent visit to Herat, she met many of them again. This is a remarkable story and a poignant record of life in an Afghanistan that no longer exists.

Author Info

Veronica Doubleday is a respected ethno-musicologist. She continues to perform the songs she learned in Afghanistan and writes frequently on the country. Since this book was written, she has returned to Herat twice, in 1994 and 2004.


'I was fascinated by this story of ordinary life before the Russian invasion of Afghanistan. The three women are remarkable and unforgettable, and the story of how the author gained their friendship is like a novel.'
Doris Lessing '

Three Women of Herat is a sensitive, knowledgeable and very moving account of an annihilated civilisation.'
The Sunday Times'

..a fascinating and very rare look at life for women in Islam.'
The Financial Times

Bibliographic Info

Imprint: Tauris Parke Paperbacks
Publisher: I.B.Tauris & Co. Ltd.

ISBN: 9781845110260
Publication Date: 30 Mar 2006
Number of Pages: 264
Height: 198
Width: 126
Illustrations: 19 b&w photos

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