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Blue Blood Mirage – On the Other Side of Illusion

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Blue Blood Mirage – On the Other Side of Illusion

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.”

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.



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