Khadra begins with a preface describing the physical description of Kabul and the Afghan countryside. What is the purpose of such an opening? What kind of atmosphere is the reader introduced to?
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The opening immediately sets the backdrop of the story, a setting that is desolate, empty, a place of battles and cemeteries..... a place barren of life. As readers, we are introduced to a world we cannot comprehend.... a world we find almost impossible to envision. The atmosphere is bleak, dark, and hopeless.
The Swallows of Kabul