I’ve just read “A Thousand Splendid Suns” and I’m still reeling from the ignorance, false pride and abuse of power that seems to be rampant in our world, and not only in Afghanistan, I hasten to add, but at the same time this novel gives a sense of the beauty and magic of Kabul and here are some lines from the poet Hafiz, (follow the link for more) that are quoted in the novel. Hope you like… them:
Joseph shall return to Canaan, grieve not,
Hovels shall turn to rose gardens, grieve not.
If a flood should arrive, to drown all that’s alive,
Noah is your guide in the typhoon’s eye, grieve not.
I particularly like the rose garden image 🙂