The Breadwinner(Arabic) / المعيلة

Author(s): Deborah Ellis

Middle Reader | Arabic


In Afghanistan, where strangers and families took turns to destroy everything, we might not know that Qassem, the boy whom we bought a box of matches from, is in fact Parvana, the girl who hid her sexual identity to earn what she could with her masculine identity what is impossible to earn as a female.

There, where people dig up their grandparents’ graves to sell their bones, is war, famine, orphans, and men who sell their wives’ prosthetic legs!

However, in Afghanistan also, a light beam sends gifts to Parvana, and in return she plants a flower in the middle of the market. The old man says, even if it looks withered, its roots will strengthen. Just like Parvana, who rendezvous with her friend after 20 years in Paris, in front of the Eiffel Tower, and not in refugee camps!


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  • : 9789948186182
  • : Kalimat Publishing
  • : Kalimat Publishing
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  • : Deborah Ellis
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