Åsne Seierstad – The Afghans | How To Academy

























































		
	  

Tue, 28 May 2024

6:00 pm - 7:15 pm BST

Åsne Seierstad – The Afghans

In Conversation With Paul Van Zyl

The author of the global bestseller The Bookseller of Kabul, Åsne Seierstad, shares her insights into ordinary life in Afghanistan following the return of the Taliban.

In her international bestseller The Bookseller of Kabul, award-winning journalist Åsne Seierstad studied life in Afghanistan before and after the fall of the Taliban regime in 2001. Now twenty years later, the Taliban is back in power, and Seierstad joins us live in London to help us understand the country’s past, present and future through the lives of three unforgettable people.

Seierstad will introduce us to three people whose lives have been shaped by the fall and rise of the Taliban – Jamila, Bashir and Ariana – as well their families, friends, foes and co-fighters. Jamila is a women’s rights activist; Bashir is a Taliban commander; Ariana is a law student who had one semester left when the Taliban came to power.

The stories of these three Afghans encompass love, loss, revolt and war as well as the everyday rhythms of family life. Through them, we will come to understand the lead-up to the Taliban retaking power in 2021, how the first year of Taliban rule unfolded, and where this leaves Afghans today, and tomorrow.

Tickets to this event are half price for members to How To +, and members can also watch the livestream for free.

You can access this event and many more by subscribing to How To +. The first month is £9.99 + VAT, thereafter £17.50 + VAT a month.

Already subscribed to How To + ?
Please Log in here

Join how to +

Åsne Seierstad

Bestselling Author and Journalist

Åsne Seierstad was born in 1970 and studied Russian, Spanish and the History of Philosophy at Oslo University. An internationally bestselling author, she has also received numerous awards for her journalism. She has worked as a war correspondent across the world, including Russia, China, Iraq and Afghanistan. Her second book, The Bookseller of Kabul, has sold over two million copies and the paperback was in the Sunday Times top ten for over a year. Her other critically acclaimed works include A Hundred and One Days: A Baghdad Journal and The Angel of Grozny.

Paul van Zyl

Co-Founder and Chief Creative Officer, The Conduit Club

Co-Founder of The Conduit and Chief Creative Officer, Paul is a winner of the prestigious Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship and was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum.

He served as the Executive Secretary of South Africa’s post-apartheid Truth and Reconciliation Commission and co-founded the International Center for Transitional Justice (ICTJ), an international human rights organisation based in New York City.