Author Jamil Ahmad has received worldwide acclaim for his stunning debut novel, The Wandering Falcon/. Here, Ahmad transports listeners to the oft-misunderstood region where Iran, Pakistan, and Afghanistan meet-the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA)-for a gripping portrait of an honor-bound people shaped and defined by ancient traditions and conflicts. "A striking debut . The power and beauty of these stories are unparalleled in most fiction to come out of south Asia."-Guardian
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"Piter Marek narrates Jamil Ahmad's collection of loosely connected stories set in the desert regions of Pakistan and Afghanistan known as "Pakistan's tribal badlands." In the first of nine chapters, the boy who becomes Tor Baz, "The Wandering Falcon," sees his father shoot his mother and witnesses his father's stoning by the elders of his tribe. As the stories unfold, listeners meet nomads making annual pilgrimages to water their herds and learn of their harsh existence and harsher penalties for transgressions as well as their volatile responses to border closings. From mad mullahs to fathers who sell their daughters, Marek's reading is as spare and stark as Ahmad's prose, offering insights into tribal conflicts and customs that most Westerners know little about. S.J.H. (c) AudioFile 2012, Portland, Maine"
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