One Story, Thirty Stories: An Anthology of Contemporary Afghan American Literature, ed. by Zohra Saed and Sahar Muradi. Fayetteville, AR: The University of Arkansas Press, 2010. $24.95.
This anthology chronicles the recent work of the Afghan diaspora in the United States, which has received newfound attention in the wake of 9/11 and the success of writers like Khaled Hosseni. Encompassing poetry, fiction, essays, and blog selections, the fifty pieces presented here create a portrait of human endurance throughout Afghanistan’s troubled recent history. The common themes of migration, discrimination, and memory are filtered through a range of creative visions, expressed in English and Dari, song and narrative. The editors’ annotations, timelines, and bibliographies help shape a coherent vision of an artistic community. (SL)
The Middle East Journal, Vol. 66, No. 1, Winter 2012.