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The Patience Stone

Manufacturer: BNA
Winner of France''s prestigious Goncourt Prize for 2008, and set in modern-day Aghanistan, this explosive, controversial and moving short novel, with a shocking twist, takes a compelling literary look behind the veil, daring to confront taboos of female oppression and sexuality. A young woman sits at her husband''s bedside, twisting her worry beads, reciting prayers. Shot in the neck by a fellow soldier, he is in a coma. The passage of time is measured by the sound of his breathing, the slow drip that keeps him alive and the calls to prayer in the streets outside. Consumed by her vigil and his medical care, the woman is alone and desperate for any sign of life from her comatose husband. As her mind appears to unravel, so it becomes intensely clear-sighted. Now is her chance to speak without being censored. Empowered by her husband''s silence she steps out of the shadows of convention and repression and begins her confessional...She pours out her love and her hate, her sexual desires and her hopes, as though to the black patience stone of Persian mythology (which takes in your sins and woes, and eventually shatters...leaving you delivered of pain and suffering). Finally, spurred to new heights of daring, she spills out her most explosive secret.
SKU: 9780701184162
LBP 390,730
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Products specifications
Author NameRahimi
Publisher NameeChatto and Windus
Book Year2010
No. Of Pages160
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