Title: Breadwinner

Author: Deborah Ellis

Translator: Shahla Entezarian

Publisher: Ghadyani

Subject: Canadian story

Age category: Adult

Cover: Paperback

Number of pages: 184 p

Language Farsi

Categories: ,


The Breadwinner is the first of three Cable Girls novels.

The man stood between him and the sun. The butterfly had felt its shadow before seeing it. He turned his head and saw a black handkerchief for the Taliban on the man. The gun was on the width of his chest; In the same way that his father’s rudder bag was placed on his chest.

The Taliban soldier was still looking at him. Then he reached into his vest and, looking at the butterfly, pulled something out of his vest pocket.
The butterfly wanted to close her eyes and wait for her to shoot when she saw that a letter had come out of her pocket.

He sat on the blanket, next to the butterfly.

“Read this,” he said.

This novel is about the life of the Afghan people when it is run by the Taliban, an extremist religious group.

Deborah Ellis has lived in Afghan refugee camps and heard many stories, such as the life story of a butterfly. She has donated all the rights to the book to the Women for Women Association in Afghanistan, who have dedicated their lives to educating Afghan girls in refugee camps in Pakistan.

“Butterfly Journey” and “City of Flowers” are the other two novels of this trilogy.
Parvaneh is 11 years old and lives in Kabul during the Taliban rule in Afghanistan (1997). Her mother is a fired writer who works for the Afghan Women’s Union with the help of a close friend. His father is a history teacher who lost a leg in a bombing and was imprisoned by the Taliban for studying in Britain and reading English books.

To earn a living and earn a living, Parvaneh disguises herself as a boy, goes to the market, and pursues her job instead of her father. Butterfly’s friend and classmate Shozieh, like him, sells tea in the market to meet the needs of his family in boy clothes. He dreams of one day moving from Afghanistan to France and starting another life. The two are going through strange events under the hostile pressure of the Taliban. Eventually, Parvaneh, who lost her father and lost her family, manages to visit her mother, and instead of going to France, Shuza decides to stay in Afghanistan to help her injured compatriots.

The Kabul Girls’ Trilogy is a realistic and historical tale of courage and painstaking effort to survive the crisis of war and the suffering of Afghan girls and women during the rule of an extremist religious group called the Taliban.
The main character is a girl named Butterfly. He has often heard from his father, a history teacher, that the Taliban means a seeker and researcher in religious affairs, and that religion teaches people to be better and kinder, but Parvaneh actually sees that the Taliban are people who have not built a place in Afghanistan that People can be friends and kind to each other. The story is about poverty, disrespect and insult especially to girls and women, creating inhumane conditions for the people and the tragedies of the Taliban government.

Hiding women at home, not being allowed to cross the streets and markets without a man present, closing schools, hating music and spreading this hatred by the Taliban, turning sports and football stadiums into a punishment center for criminals, burning books And …. is one of these examples of catastrophes that the book correctly recognizes to the audience.

The story is an excerpt from the history of Afghanistan and can be a clue for sociologists and researchers of political and historical issues, especially women researchers. This story, despite having a sad atmosphere, is full of hope for the future and bright.
The author of the book, Deborah Ellis, has been in Afghan refugee camps for a long time and has heard many stories of this kind. She has donated all the rights to this book to the Women’s Association for Women in Afghanistan. Women who have dedicated their lives to educating Afghan girls in refugee camps.
The books have won several awards:

The Breadwinner has won the Peter Pan Prize in Sweden, the Rocky Mountain Prize and the Middle East Prize at the University of California.
Butterfly Journey has won the Jane Adams Peace Prize.
The novel Shahr Goli is a shocking and accurate picture of the lives of Afghan women and girls in the civil war in Afghanistan, the miserable lives of the Afghan people, especially women and girls, in different periods of the war, their lives in war conditions in their country, their flight to other countries. Neighbors, living in camps and worries, problems, aspirations and aspirations of these teenage girls to continue living.

This book contains the Persian translation of the three-volume novel “Cable Girls” entitled: “The Breadwinner”; “Butterfly Journey” and “Flower City” by Deborah Ellis, adapted for teenage audiences. Ellis wrote the first volume of the trilogy, inspired by a mother in an Afghan refugee camp whose daughter was working as a boy in disguise to support the family. The story of the other two volumes is the result of a study, study and imagination of Ellis of how Afghan children survive in the critical conditions of war.

This trio includes parts of the living conditions of the people of this land, especially girls and women who, under the influence of the war conditions of their country, are forced to flee to neighboring countries and live in camps. Circumstances in life that bring them many worries and problems and affect the aspirations of young Afghan girls.
One of the highlights of the creation of this trilogy is the experience of its Canadian author, Alice Deborah, in her close encounters with these oppressed girls and women.
Ellis because she is a psychotherapist; She has been working in Afghanistan for a long time and has founded the Women’s Organization of Afghanistan in Afghanistan. Ellis has donated all rights to this book to this organization in Afghanistan. Women who have dedicated their lives to educating Afghan girls in refugee camps.

The three volumes of this novel are called “Nanavar”, “Safar Parvaneh” and “Shahr Goli”, respectively. The story of all three volumes is somewhat interconnected. So that the cable girl butterfly of Ellis’s story in the first and second volumes of this trilogy is the main character. An 11-year-old girl who was educated in a family has opened her eyes to the world. Madar Parvaneh is a fired writer who works for the Afghan Women’s Union with the help of a close friend. His father is also a history teacher. A teacher who lost a leg in a bombing and was captured by the Taliban in prison for studying in the UK and reading English books.

The audience in the first and second volumes of this trilogy finds themselves facing many problems that this teenage girl struggles with in a dream with the war-torn atmosphere of Afghanistan. A situation in which Parvaneh inevitably enters the violent and masculine market of Afghanistan in a boyish manner for the livelihood of himself and his family.
In the third volume, you encounter “Shozieh”. A girl who is a close friend of Parvaneh and inevitably wears boyish clothes like her friend and carries the burden of life with her small hands to provide for her family. Shouzeh is the only butterfly friend of our story. A girl who has to stand on the streets of Peshawar, Pakistan to survive.
When you finish reading these three novels, you get a picture of the situation of Afghan women and girls in a dream with the many problems of this war-torn country.

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