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One woman's revelatory journey on foot exploring Kabul's war-torn past and scarred present.

Join us for a reading of Shadow City with Taran Khan on Aug 15, read more here. 

'A fabulous piece of writing . . . I recommend it unreservedly' William Dalyrmple 

One of the first things I was told when I arrived in Kabul was never to walk...

When journalist Taran Khan arrives in Kabul, she uncovers a place that defies her expectations. Her wanderings with other Kabulis reveal a fragile city in a state of flux: stricken by near-constant war, but flickering with the promise of peace; governed by age-old codes but experimenting with new modes of living.

Her walks take her to the unvisited tombs of the dead, and to the land of the living - like the booksellers, archaeologists, filmmakers and entrepreneurs who are remaking this 3,000-year-old city. And as NATO troops begin to withdraw from the country, Khan watches the cycle of transformation begin again.

**Winner of the Stanford Dolman Travel Book of the Year Award 2021**
**Winner of the Tata Literature Live First Book Award for Non-Fiction 2020**

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  • Publisher: Penguin 
  • 7 November 2019
  • ISBN: 9781473553507
  • Pages: 288
Reviews
  • 'A fabulous piece of writing . . . I recommend it unreservedly' WILLIAM DALRYMPLE
  • 'A brilliant book' CHRISTINA LAMB, author of Farewell Kabul
  • 'Powerfully evocative' Kapka Kassabova
  • 'A wonderful journey' Atiq Rahimi
  • 'Khan illuminates Kabul's life-affirming humanity' TLS
  • Any reader of this book is sure to discover a Kabul so unlike what the media portrays. Taran’s love of her city comes across in her enchanting evocation of a city where so many tragedies echo from across Kabul’s decades of war. On her last walk, she writes: "to leave Kabul was to take it with you." This is what happened when I finished reading this book, I took Kabul with me - RAJA SHEHADEH, AUTHOR OF PALESTINIAN WALKS
  • Through these deep and compassionate portraits of ordinary people who call Kabul home, Taran Khan tells the story of the city through war and peace as never told before. At a time when deep uncertainly hangs over Afghanistan’s future once again, Shadow City provides an invaluable perspective on life in its capital - SNIGDHA POONAM



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The Author

The Author

Taran N. Khan is a journalist and writer based in Mumbai. She grew up in Aligarh and was educated in Delhi and London. She has published widely in India and internationally, including in Guernica, Al Jazeera, The Caravan and Himal Southasian and has received fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, Jan Michalski Foundation and Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia. From 2006 to 2013, Khan spent long periods living and working in Kabul. Her first book, Shadow City, won the Stanford Dolman Travel Book of the Year Award and the Tata Literature Live First Book Award for Non-Fiction.

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