By Atiq Rahimi
"You recognize, father, sorrow can flip to water and spill out of your eyes, or it might probably sharpen your tongue right into a sword, or it may well develop into a time bomb that, at some point, will explode and break you"
Earth and Ashes is the spare, strong tale of an Afghan guy, Dastaguir, making an attempt desperately to arrive his son Murad, who has left his village to become profitable operating at a mine. meanwhile the village has been bombed by means of the Russian military, and Dastaguir, together with his newly-deaf grandson Yassin in tow, needs to achieve Murad to inform him of the carnage. The outdated guy is beset on each side through sorrow, that of his grandson, who can't comprehend, that of his son, who doesn't but recognize, and his personal, made even crueler by means of the message he needs to deliver.
Atiq Rahimi, whose attractiveness for writing conflict tales of substantial drama and intimacy begun with this, his first novel, has controlled to condense centuries of Afghan background right into a brief story of 3 very diverse generations. yet he has additionally created a common tale approximately fathers and sons, and the bad pressure inflicted on these bonds of kin through the unpredictable carnage of struggle.