A little boy named Armaghaan grows in a fictional tribal village Kashmala along the border of Afghanistan and Pakistan during the seventies and eighties. His father Roshaan Khan and mother Shandana are living together in a conflicted marriage. Their desires and needs are at odds with each other, and their children suffer at the cost. Armaghaan observes his parents and elders, explores the physical environment of Kashmala and tries to grapple with his circumstances. The story of Armaghaan's childhood and adolescence plays in the backdrop of the USSR-Afghan War. Though the war itself doesn't become the focus of the narrative, its repercussions do impact the characters in the novel. Apart from that, the story explores themes of domestic violence, sexual and physical abuse, patriarchy, and the essential human struggle to survive and make a sense of the contradictions between personal desires and social norms.
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Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.)
College of Arts and Humanities
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Rahman, Noor Ur, "Bodies of Clay" (2022). Electronic Theses and Dissertations, 2020-. 1074.