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Welcome to Kabul: one family, countless secrets. When Herra, a Russian-Tadjik woman, falls in love with Nadir, an Afghan, she has no idea about the life that awaits her in post-Taliban Afghanistan, nor about the family she is about to join. A grandfather who is a feminist, an adopted young boy who astounds with his intellect, and Freshta, who will do anything to run away from her abusive husband. Like the other women in the family, Herra wears a burqa and hides in a closet when guests arrive. But when she starts a new job with an American woman, Heidi, she soon realizes how little understanding Westnerners have of the way women live in Afghanistan, and still less that not everybody is waiting to be saved. Freshta is a stunning debut about conceptions of human faith in a war-stricken country. It is a deeply moving story that will make you laugh and cry at the same time, a universal tale of husbands and wives, lovers and friends, who seek happiness and acceptance against the backdrop of the unexpected events playing around them.
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Petra Prochazkova is an award-winning Czech journalist, humanitarian worker and writer. In 1994, she founded the private news agency Epicentrum, dedicated to war reporting with fellow journalist Jaromir Aetitina. On her return to the Czech Republic, Petra founded the humanitarian organization Berkat for the support of children and women in Chechnya and Afghanistan. In 1997 she was awarded the Ferdinand Peroutka Prize, and in 2000 the President of the Czech Republic presented her with a Medal of Merit. In 2001, the Hanno R. Ellenbogen Citizenship Award was bestowed on her by Madeleine Albright. Freshta is Petra's first novel translated into English.


Assured debut, Freshta, a bitter-sweet hymn to Afghanistan told from an outsider's perspective. (Lucy Popescu, Huffington Post) Plenty of humour...I cannot recommend the book high enough. (Zuzana Slobodova, British, Czech and Slovak Review) A surprisingly easy read...diverse and hugely entertaining cast of characters...moving and funny in the most unexpected ways. (Judging Covers) Brilliant, insightful and entertaining (Shapeshifting Green) Prochazkova is expert at creating scenes of familial chaos with ten things happening at once, and emotions running high (Little Words) A highly engaging story with characters whose vividness is matched by their ability to generate empathy (Blogbook) The plot is gripping, the characters convincing and the story ultimately life-affirming - Highly recommended! (A Discount Ticket to Everywhere) A revelation, an unexpected blend of humour and pragmatism...a fantastic novel that reads as warm, intelligent fiction. (Alex in Leeds)

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