Kara Kush by Idries Shah

Kara Kush was first published in 1986, at a time when most of the outside world dismissed the Afghan resistance as a rag-tag lot of rival guerrilla factions in a futile holdout against an invincible military machine. read more

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In December of 1979, Soviet tanks rolled across the borders of Afghanistan, beginning a period of barbaric aggression that triggered a turning point in modern history. Idries Shah’s brilliant novel chronicles the courageous ten-year resistance of the Afghan people, an epic story of triumph over tyranny that deserves to be immortalised.

Kara Kush is the definitive story of freedom fighters. It is a story of patriotism-in-action, mobilised and fuelled not by a mass-media propaganda machine, or the charisma of a single individual, but by a thousands-of-years-old tradition of proud independence, deep love of one’s land, and a fierce will to survive.

According to Shah, almost all of the people in the text of the novel actually exist, or did. The accounts of battles and raids, precise military details, and the stories of Soviet and red Afghan atrocities were all from primary sources: eyewitnesses, participants, defectors, victims, and prisoners.

This remarkable book, among all other sources, offers keys to understanding not only this important strategic region, but the very phase in world history in which we find ourselves today. Much more than a novel, even more than a tribute, Kara Kush stands as a model of human vision, leadership, cooperation, and capacity at a time when we need it most.