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By Atiq Rahimi

Kabul, overdue nineties. Rassoel returns to his place of origin. His father, a confident communist, despatched him to St. Petersburg, yet Rassoel grew extra love for Dostoevsky than for the ideology of communism. because the Russian occupying forces left Afghanistan, a bloody civil warfare is raging there and Rassoel observes Kabul perish in cruelty and corruption. He makes a decision he'll now not detect and do not anything, yet to deliver justice again instead...

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Don’t try to discover what he’s performed to her, Sophia! you'll lose him. “What’s the problem? I’ve a correct to understand. ” He stops and stares at her, either oppressed and oppressive. the way to inform her that she’ll discover quickly adequate, that he himself will clarify. “Damn! My chador! cling on, I’ll return and get it. ” She is going. Rassoul keeps on his means. After a couple of steps he stops. The ache in his ankle. He rubs it. distant, someplace within the urban, there's a volley of gunshots. He appears up on the Asmai Heights. a bunch of armed males are hiking to the summit. He, nonetheless, goes down, towards the saqi-khana the place … anyone IS coughing—a free, drawn-out cough. Then they spit. among coughs we pay attention a voice; a wealthy, solemn voice belonging to a undeniable Kaka Sarwar, reciting: “… and hence Dhul-Qarnayn took a brand new street towards the north. He got here to a urban situated among mountains, and there he came across a those who spoke a few remoted language and will comprehend no different, and who have been ache the oppression of Gog and Magog, evil tribes drawn from the dregs of society who have been ravaging the realm. ” He stops to inhale a lungful of hash. “Seeing that he used to be a robust and robust guy, the folk requested Dhul-Qarnayn to construct a wall among them and the lads of Gog and Magog, and provided to provide him a good-looking tribute in go back. Gog and Magog have been certainly depraved and cruel tribes, who may hearken to no suggestions and feared not anything. As Dhul-Qarnayn was once certainly prone to do strong and support the oppressed he instantly agreed to aid this humans, yet refused any cost in trade. He acknowledged to them: ‘That which my Lord has verified in me is healthier than tribute. support me hence with power and labour and that i will construct a barrier among you and them. ’ ” Kaka Sarwar pauses back in his story to gulp a few tea. “Dhul-Qarnayn therefore requested the folk to deliver him blocks of iron, wooden, copper, and charcoal. He erected the blocks of iron among the 2 mountains, and surrounded them with items of wooden and charcoal. Then he lit the fireplace, and once it become a furnace poured the molten copper on best. And hence Gog and Magog may well neither scale nor pierce the wall. whilst Dhul-Qarnayn had complete, he cried: ‘This is a mercy from my Lord. but if the promise of my Lord involves cross, he'll make it into airborne dirt and dust. And the promise of my Lord is right! ’ ” “Kaka Sarwar, while will this promise come? ” “But it's already come, pricey Hakim! It was once acknowledged that at the day of the apocalypse the hordes of Gog and Magog could make a gap within the barrier, and Allah could let them unfold over the earth. they might dominate the realm and wipe out the human race; then they'd condemn Allah to loss of life, via sending arrows up into the sky … the place is the chillum? ” it really is dropped at him. He smokes and asks: “Do you recognize this passage from the Koran? ” “No. ” “Shame on you! And do you now not understand both the place this urban is to be stumbled on? ” “No. ” “Shame on you! This urban is the following, it truly is Kabul! ” a last drag, and he withdraws right into a nook.

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