Last year I read The Wasted Vigil by Nadeem Aslam. This is one of those books that starts off by peering down the well of despair. By the end, you’re at the bottom of the well, slowly drowning, the well so deep your bleating can’t be heard. Yet somehow, the pull of the words draws you, awe-inspired, to lower yourself further down.
It’s worth a read.
But if you only have 20 minutes, and you’d like a more uplifting story about Afghanistan, listen to Andrew Solomon on the Moth. I failed in holding back tears of joy. Click on segment 1 to listen to the full story.