Preface : Atiq Rahimi
Afghanistan revealed through its words
80 words, each word just as much a story about Afghanistan, mostly in Dari, the Persian dialect spoken in Afghanistan, but with many references to Pashto, the second official language of the country. Through these words - which Etienne Gille chose because they seem to him to best touch on all the realities of Afghan life, and which resonated most with his vast experience of Afghanistan - family ties, social relations, cooking (with all the dishes generously served to the honoured guest), the various art and games are addressed in turn; in short, everything that shapes the originality and charm of a country. The issues are not omitted either: be it poverty, drugs, the condition of women, or struggles and rivalries between clans or ethnic groups. At every turn, Etienne Gille's gaze is marked with both lucidity, and understanding and tolerance. This book presents a precious vademecum to better understand the Afghan people.
Etienne Gille was a mathematics teacher at Esteqlal high school, the Franco-Afghan high school from Kabul. He is one of the founders of the AFRANE Association (Amitié Franco-Afghan) of which he was until very recently the president. He performed numerous missions in Afghanistan and is director of publication and editor chief of the journal Les Nouvelles d'Afghanistan.
Atiq Rahimi, born February 26, 1962 in Kabul, Afghanistan, is a novelist and director of dual French and Afghan nationality. He received the Goncourt Prize on November 10, 2008 for his novel Syngué sabour. Stone of patience. After applying for political asylum in France, granted in 1984, he obtained his doctorate in audiovisual technology at the Sorbonne. In 2000, he published his first novel, Terre et Cendres. He adapted it to the cinema by directing his first feature film, Terre et Cendres, co-written with Iranian filmmaker Kambuzia Partovi, presented in the “Un certain regard” section at the 2004 Cannes Film Festival3, where he won the Regard vers l 'to come up. In the meantime, he released a second novel, The Thousand Houses of Dreams and Terror, published in 2002, and directed two documentaries, We shared bread and salt and Afghanistan, an impossible state?