By Nelofer Pazira
"The picnic of the crimson flower" is a conventional time of occasion for Afghans. certainly one of Nelofer Pazira's earliest stories is of individuals accumulating within the geographical region to recognize the tulips and poppies carpeting the panorama. it's the mid-1970s, and her mom and dad are development a destiny for themselves and their kids within the urban of Kabul.
but if Nelofer is simply 5 the Communists take strength and her father, a revered physician, is imprisoned besides hundreds of thousands of alternative Afghans. the subsequent yr, the Russians invade Afghanistan, which turns into a police kingdom and the guts of a bloody clash among the Soviet military and American-backed mujahidin warring parties. A weather of violence and worry reigns.
For Nelofer, there isn't any selection yet to develop up quickly. At 11, she and her pals throw stones on the Russian tanks that fan the flames of dirt and animosity within the streets of Kabul. As she joins a resistance staff, hiding her gun from her mom and dad. Her emotional shelter is her friendship along with her classmate Dyana, with whom she stocks a keenness for poetry, desires and a greater lifestyles.
After a decade of conflict, Nelofer's family members escapes around the mountains to Pakistan and later to Canada, the place she maintains to put in writing to Dyana. whilst her pal all at once stops writing, Nelofer fears for Dyana's existence. With lyrical, narrative prose, A mattress of purple Flowers movingly tells Pazira's haunting tale, in addition to Afghanistan's tale as a nation.
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