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The Patience Stone

(2009)
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In Persian folklore, Syngue Sabour is the name of a magical black stone, a patience stone, which absorbs the plight of those who confide in it. It is believed that the day it explodes, after having received too much hardship and pain, will be the day of the Apocalypse. But here, the Syngue Sabour is not a stone but rather a man lying brain-dead with a bullet lodged in his neck. His wife is with him, sitting by his side. But she resents him for having sacrificed her to the war, for never being able to resist the call to arms, for wanting to be a hero, and in the end, after all was said and done, for being incapacitated in a small skirmish. Yet she cares, and she speaks to him. She even talks to him more and more, opening up her deepest desires, pains, and secrets. While in the streets rival factions clash and soldiers are looting and killing around her, she speaks of her life, never knowing if her husband really hears. And it is an extraordinary confession, without restraint, about sex and love and her anger against a man who never understood her, who mistreated her, who never showed her any respect or kindness. Her admission releases the weight of oppression of marital, social, and religious norms, and she leads her story up to the great secret that is unthinkable in a country such as Afghanistan. Winner of the Prix Goncourt, The Patience Stone captures with great courage and spare, poetic, prose the reality of everyday life for an intelligent woman under the oppressive weight of the Taliban regime in Afghanistan.

Genre: Literary Fiction

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"An important and courageous book." - Khaled Hosseini


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January 2010 : UK Hardback
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Title: The Patience Stone
Author(s): Atiq Rahimi
ISBN: 0-7011-8416-7 / 978-0-7011-8416-2 (UK edition)
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Title: The Patience Stone
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January 2011 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Patience Stone
Author(s): Atiq Rahimi
ISBN: 0-09-953954-3 / 978-0-09-953954-4 (UK edition)
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August 2010 : USA Audio Cassette
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Title: The Patience Stone: Library Edition
Author(s): Atiq Rahimi
ISBN: 1-4417-5503-9 / 978-1-4417-5503-2 (USA edition)
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August 2010 : USA Audio CD
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Title: The Patience Stone
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ISBN: 1-4417-5506-3 / 978-1-4417-5506-3 (USA edition)
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August 2010 : USA Audio CD
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Title: The Patience Stone: Library Edition
Author(s): Atiq Rahimi
ISBN: 1-4417-5504-7 / 978-1-4417-5504-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Blackstone Pub
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Title: The Patience Stone
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ISBN: 1-4417-5507-1 / 978-1-4417-5507-0 (USA edition)
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Title: The Patience Stone
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Title: The Patience Stone
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January 2010 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Patience Stone
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Title: The Patience Stone: A Novel
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