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Nemat Sadat is a prominent activist and journalist currently based in the USA. He is the first na... Read More

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Nemat Sadat is a prominent activist and journalist currently based in the USA. He is the first native from Afghanistan to have publicly come out as gay and campaign for LGBTQIA rights in Muslim communities worldwide. While teaching at the American University of Afghanistan, he secretly mobilized a gay movement off campus but was then persecuted by the Afghan authorities and deemed a national security threat for allegedly subverting Islam. Sadat has previously worked at ABC News's Nightline, CNN's Fareed Zakaria GPS and the UN Chronicle, and has earned six university degrees, including graduate degrees from Harvard, Columbia, and Oxford. The Carpet Weaver is his first novel.

Afghanistan, 1977. Kanishka Nurzada, the son of a leading carpet seller, falls in love with his friend Maihan, with whom he shares his first kiss at the age of sixteen. Their romance must be kept secret in a nation where the death penalty is meted out to those deemed to be kuni, a derogatory term for gay men. And when war comes to Afghanistan, it brings even greater challenges-and danger-for the two lovers.
From the cultural melting pot of Kabul to the horrors of an internment camp in Pakistan, Kanishka's arduous journey finally takes him to the USA in the desperate search for a place to call home-and the fervent hope of reuniting with his beloved Maihan. But destiny seems to have different plans in store for him.
Intimate and powerful, The Carpet Weaver is a sweeping tale of a young gay man's struggle to come of age and find love in the face of brutal persecution.

A story that is wrenched from the headlines-of an underground newspaper. Nemat Sadat weaves the political and the personal into a brutal story of love and betrayal in the time of warNothing like this has ever come out of Afghanistan. And nobody from this region has ever written a more compelling narrative about love and redemption than Nemat Sadat. Through The Carpet Weaver, Sadat has achieved what any debutant would love to be credited with. An unputdownable book.Gripping . . . Accomplished . . . Captivating . . . A novel about how beautiful life can be, and how ugly we often make it. The bravery of its narrator is not just the bravery of being gay or turning an atheist; it is also the bravery of retaining hope in the midst of despair, quoting poetry in the face of persecution.[A] powerful story . . . From war-torn Afghanistan to a refugee camp in Pakistan to the US, the plot covers a wide geographical arc . . . [Filled with] erotically charged vignettes [that offer] glimpses into [Kanishka's] inner life [and] painstaking descriptions of customs and rituals that are germane to Afghan life . . . Moments of ironic reversal are many [and the] moments of reckoning remain complex, the emotions behind them are not fully knowable. The ending [...] isn't without its redemptive grace."The Carpet Weaver" deals with many issues that appear in Khaled Hosseini's "The Kite Runner", but while Hosseini's Amir finally gets a chance to make amends, Kanishka's battle for acceptance goes on even after he reaches the land of freedom . . . An honest and compassionate story.[A] powerful debut . . . You might not be one amongst the LGBTQ community. You might not be an Afghan. You might not even be a Muslim. But thanks to Sadat's immense skill at weaving love, sexuality, friendship, and politics into the beautiful tapestry that is The Carpet Weaver, the novel might make you all of them, at least while you're reading it.Sadat's vision seems to be clear - to tell a sweeping story that hums with the engine of activism, holding within it themes of a grand love, death, secrets, betrayal, and redemption . . . [The Carpet Weaver] reshapes itself from the story of star-crossed lovers to something much greater: freedom - from the past, tradition, singular love - and the transformative power of hope.Sadat's greatest strength is his eye for complexity and detail - be it a birthday party, a tender moment or a turmoil-filled interior monlogoue . . . The novel's dedication to portraying the fragility of life is evident in its complexities [and] perhaps, that is what makes its ending, and everything that leads up to it, so relatable. The story might be set in the 1980s, but it lives and breathes in today's world.A compelling story of love, hatred, homosexuality, fanaticism and political clashes in Afghanistan . . . A richly rewarding read!Nemat Sadat's prose is lucid and his turns of phrase hold the reader . . . This is a brave and beautiful debut.Sadat weaves the course of the main characters' lives deftly, almost inconspicuously, into the country's history."The celebratory narrative of post-377 India found clearest voice in the publication, by Penguin India, of Afghan-American journalist Nemat Sadat's debut novel, The Carpet Weaver, a bildungsroman about a queer boy growing up in the masculinist, patriarchal culture of Afghanistan amid the warring currents of global ideologies." - Los Angeles Review of Books"In terms of space, the relationship takes up only a fraction of the novel, which is the first part located in Afghanistan, yet The Carpet Weaver is as much a love story as it is the story of Kanishka's search for a fulfilling life as a gay man and an artist." - The Telegraph"In his novel, Sadat wins our heart by telling a story of forbidden gay love, a story that is ever so important and relevant, with a steady and skilled hand."- Hindu Business Line"Sadat anguishes the reader through his protagonist, Kanishka, showing the need for liberty, free from religion and politics and focused on total acceptance of persons for whoever they are..." - South Asia Review, SAJE Journals"There is a sense of fluency to Sadat's language, which he uses with great economy and precision to evoke the young narrator's sensuous desire for men." - Biblio

Product Details

Title: TheCarpet Weaver
SKU: BK0420640
EAN: 9780670092048
Language: English
Binding: Hardcover

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