Northern Tajikistan

Front of building Turned Cropped

No wonder this culture is different from ours. What would your family’s plan be for surviving generation after generation in a place like this? People found a way to survive here. It’s called culture. They also found a belief system that helps them live together in some of the most intolerable environments in the world.  Sure, it’s a religion that’s been bogged down in dogma for a thousand years. We have some of those in the U.S. but it’s still a successful survival strategy. Would you want to change when it might mean your family’s extinction?

Excerpt from the novel, Lenin’s Am by Peter Kwasniewski  

“He fulfills his Islamic duty by taking this boy as his assistant and training him,” Javeed says in English as we leave the barber shop and stride off to find the woodcarving business.


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