My Forbidden Face, Paperback

My Forbidden Face Paperback



Latifa was born into an educated middle-class Afghan family in Kabul in 1980.

She dreamed of one day of becoming a journalist, she was interested in fashion, movies and friends.

Her father was in the import/export business and her mother was a doctor.

Then in September 1996, Taliban soldiers seized power in Kabul.

From that moment, Latifa, just 16 years old became a prisoner in her own home.

Her school was closed. Her mother was banned from working. The simplest and most basic freedoms - walking down the street, looking out a window - were no longer hers.

She was now forced to wear a chadri. My Forbidden Face provides a poignant and highly personal account of life under the Taliban regime.

With painful honesty and clarity Latifa describes the way she watched her world falling apart, in the name of a fanatical interpretation of a faith that she could not comprehend.

Her voice captures a lost innocence, but also echoes her determination to live in freedom and hope.

Earlier this year, Latifa and her parents escaped Afghanistan with the help of a French-based Afghan resistance group.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 192 pages, maps
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
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  • Category: Autobiography: general
  • ISBN: 9781860499616



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