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An Unexpected Light

(1999)
Travels in Afghanistan
A non fiction book by

 
Ever since the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan in 1978, this mysterious, romantic country has been shrouded in obscurity. As the Soviets forbade western reporters to enter the war zone and the Afghan fighters, the mujaheddin, found themselves inaccurately portrayed as savage, religious zealots, Afghanistan quietly slipped off the front page and into media obscurity. This veiled the hundreds of thousands of Afghans who lost their lives and the third of the population that fled into exile. However, in the schoolboy imagination of Jason Elliot back in the late 1970s, Afghanistan took a profound hold: "The Afghans seemed to belong to a different world, for which I was developing an inarticulate hunger; a people of prototypical human dignity, with Old Testament faces, who with guns almost as ancient as themselves were trying (and succeeding) to shoot down the latest in helicopter gunships". Still in his teens, Elliot set off for Kabul and the result, nearly 20 years later, is An Unexpected Light, the remarkable account of Elliot's travels in this extraordinary country, first in the midst of Soviet occupation and then in the face of the rise of the Taliban to power in the 1990s.

 
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Used availability for Jason Elliot's An Unexpected Light


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Hardback Editions

March 2000 : USA Hardback
Title: An Unexpected Light: Travels in Afghanistan
Author(s): Jason Elliot
ISBN: 0-312-27459-9 / 978-0-312-27459-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Picador
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

October 1999 : UK Hardback
Title: An Unexpected Light: Travels in Afghanistan
Author(s): Jason Elliot
ISBN: 0-330-37161-4 / 978-0-330-37161-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Picador
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

Paperback Editions

August 2011 : USA Paperback
Title: An Unexpected Light: Travels in Afghanistan
Author(s): Jason Elliot
ISBN: 0-312-62205-8 / 978-0-312-62205-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Picador
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

September 2000 : UK Paperback
Title: An Unexpected Light: Travels in Afghanistan
Author(s): Jason Elliot
ISBN: 0-330-37162-2 / 978-0-330-37162-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Picador
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

October 2001 : USA Paperback
Title: An Unexpected Light: Travels in Afghanistan
Author(s): Jason Elliot
ISBN: 0-312-28846-8 / 978-0-312-28846-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Picador USA
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

Kindle Editions

August 2011 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
Title: An Unexpected Light: Travels in Afghanistan
Author(s): Jason Elliot
Publisher: Picador
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA   

May 2011 : Canada, UK Kindle edition
Title: An Unexpected Light: Travels in Afghanistan
Author(s): Jason Elliot
Publisher: Picador
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon CA   



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