J.C. Bowen

Plain Tales of the Afghan Border

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Plain Tales of the Afghan Border
by J.C. Bowen

John Bowen translated these ten traditional Pushtu stories as they were told to him by master story-teller, Mohammad Zarif Khan. Also included in this volume are three examples of Pushtu poetry: one by Khushhal Khan Khatak (1613 – 1690), one by the modern Pushtu poet, Sayed Rasul Rasa and the third is a traditional poem expressing the sorrow of ultimate farewell.

J.C. Bowen was born in Bombay to the third generation of his family to serve the British military in India. In his leisure time he studied the language and literature of the people around him. He discovered a talent for translating Oriental poetry and between 1948 and 1961 published three books contributing to the understanding of the literature of Persia and Pakistan.


140mm x 220mm
95 pages
Hardcover with dust jacket
Springwood Books, London
Condition: Good, slight wearing at edge of dust jacket, clean pages.
ISBN 0-86254-102-6

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