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Volume 2 Issue 12

July 2015

Tales of Madness and War: A Brief Literary History of Afghanistan
Ms. Dona Elizabeth Sam, 
Department of Indian and World Literatures, 
The English and Foreign Languages University, 
Hyderabad, Telangana, India
Quite often viewed as a war torn world, Afghanistan, with over sixty million speakers of Pashto and Dari, the official languages of the nation, has to it a rich legacy of literary tradition, both oral and written. In considering the literature of the country, it is visible that a major portion of writing on Afghanistan originates in the West, which mainly comprises of diasporic writers. Though writing of all genres have been produced in the native languages, fiction, short story and poetry remain the three principal genres of composition in English Afghan literature (a wide range of literature which includes writings from Afghanistan, about Afghanistan and works translated into English). As a Muslim nation, the country has witnessed numerous social, political and cultural changes leading to different literary productions over the centuries, which have been traced here.
Afghanistan; Courage; Freedom; Transformation; Trauma; War.
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