by Wadsam | May 20, 2012 4:18 am
Afghan author Nasrat Esmaty has just released a novel called “Blue Blood Mirage – On the Other Side of Illusion”, which is based on a true story and revolves around the life of Faryal Sitam, a returning Afghan, and her adventures in Afghanistan.
The story begins as Faryal and her family return to Afghanistan from Jordan after a lengthy exile in 2003. Jalal Sitam, Faryal’s father, learns that he is no longer welcomed by his own government and that his cousins are trying to steal his property.
In the meantime, Romaan, Jalal’s friend’s son, asks that Faryal be granted to him in marriage. On what should have been a joyous day, Faryal is kidnapped by Sardar, a powerful and dangerous criminal. Her family quickly agrees to pay the million dollars Sardar demands, but that is of little consolation for Faryal. Fearing more for her chastity than for her life and the repercussions of her return to her family, she makes a frantic choice, but even death cannot save her; her attempt at suicide fails. Desperate, she begs her kidnapper, a middle-aged man with two children, to marry her, to salvage what little honor she may still have.
Devastated by the news, Jalal tries to stop her marriage to the criminal, but his plans are thwarted. He must learn that even men can be pawns in the same game. This is just a glimpse of adventure in Faryal’s life. As Faryal’s journey continues and the story unravels further, it takes more unimaginable twists and turns right to the end.
Through this novel, Esmaty has, on one hand, subtly pinpointed the wrongful practices and unjustifiable values of the Afghan society, and, on the other hand, shown to the world some of the best Afghan practices and values that many authors fail to write about.
As Esmaty states, “When the upper class sets standards, everyone must abide by them. They see everything perfect and build a mirage in their outlooks, mentalities, and approaches, which makes life more difficult than it already is. Afghan women have suffered for a million reasons that have not been their intrinsic faults. This novel, inspired by true events, is an exploration on the cultural injustices done to women in Afghanistan.”
The flow of the story, the twists and turns and thrills in this novel compel you to read it from cover to cover at once. Below are some of Esmaty’s readers’ comments and feedback:
Obaid Obaid writes, “Wow, awesome book, name khuda. I just read it and found it to be a well informative source in shedding light on some cultural and religious perceptions in an Afghan. We don’t have many writers. Keep it up bro. Hope to see more work from you.”
Gurusewakh Khalsa writes, “This is a book that–whatever your viewpoint on the issues women in Afghanistan face–will challenge you to think and have you thinking well after you’ve finished reading the book. And it’s all couched in an action packed, engaging story, full of pride and hope for Afghanistan’s future.”
Enayat Katawazai, who has taken a picture of the novel while holding it in his left hand and pasted it on BBM’s page, writes, “Dear All, I’ve read this book from cover to cover, enjoyed it a lot and would recommend it as a MUST read book. It’s a great piece of work by Nasrat Jan. I wish him all the best and looking forward to reading many more masterpieces like this by him.”
Mary MacMakin writes, “Hi Nasrat, that’s quite a blockbuster of a book you wrote – once I got into it I couldn’t put it down. It reads like a script for an exciting movie… Congratulations! That is a great story and it show cases Afghan culture from beginning to end.”
You can purchase this exciting novel online at AMAZON, BARNES & NOBLE and iUNIVERSE websites. And to read more about the novel and leave your comments, you can log onto www.facebook.com/bbmirage.
About the Author:
Nasrat Esmaty was born in Kabul, Afghanistan, and fled to Pakistan when he was seven. He immigrated to the United States and earned his degree in liberal arts and sciences from the San Joaquin Delta College in Stockton, California. He returned to Afghanistan after college.
Some of the media that have covered Esmaty’s book are the followings:
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