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Author Latifa

Title My forbidden face : growing up under the Taliban : a young woman's story / Latifa ; with the collaboration of Chekeha Hachemi ; translated by Lisa Appignanesi
Published London : Virago, 2002


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 MELB  920.0581 Latifa Hac/Mff  AVAILABLE
Description x, 180 pages ; 22 cm
regular print
Summary Latifa was born in Kabul in 1980 into an educated middle-class Afghan family, at once liberal and religious. As a teenager she was interested in fashion and cinema and going out with her friends, and she longed to become a journalist. Her mother, a doctor, and her father a businessman, encouraged her dreams. Then, in 1996, the Taliban seized power. From that moment, Latifa, sixteen years old, became a prisoner in her own home. Her school was closed. Her mother was banned from working. The simplest and most basic freedoms - walking down the street, looking out of a window - were no longer hers. She was now forced to cover herself entirely with a burqa. With painful honesty and clarify, Latifa describes how her world fell apart in the name of a fanatical interpretation of a faith
Analysis Afghanistan
Social conditions
Sex discrimination
Overseas item
Notes "Translated by Lisa Appignanesi"
Subject Latifa, 1980-
Women -- Afghanistan -- Biography.
Women -- Afghanistan -- Social conditions -- 20th century.
Women -- Biography.
Women -- Afghanistan -- Social conditions.
Afghanistan -- Politics and government -- 1989-2001.
Afghanistan -- Politics and government -- 2001-
Afghanistan -- Politics and government -- 1973-1989.
Afghanistan -- Social conditions -- 20th century.
Afghanistan -- Politics and government -- 1973-
Genre/Form Biography.
Author Appignanesi, Lisa.
Hachemi, Chékéba.
LC no. 2003386504
ISBN 1860499562 paperback
1860499619 hardback
1860499600 paperback