New writing from Paranda

Read articles and short stories written by Afghan women writers from the Paranda Network, a global initiative from Untold Narratives and KFW Stiftung.

Critical Muslim, a quarterly publication of ideas and issues showcasing thinking on Islam and what it means to be a Muslim in a rapidly changing, interconnected world, featured a short story called ‘Breaking News’ by Untold writer Parand in Issue 49. Translated from Dari by Dr Negeen Kargar.

A worker in a cucumber greenhouse takes pity on a young newcomer from her native Afghanistan in this story by Fatema Haidari, featured in Words Without Borders in March 2024. Translated from Dari by Shekiba Habib.

In March 2024, Words Without Borders featured a short story by Afghan writer Batool Haidari about two bathroom attendants who lose their jobs. Translated from Dari by Zubair Popalzai.

'The day the Taliban banned women like me from working' | Psyche Magazine

In December 2023, Psyche Magazine featured a piece by Afghan writer Nargis and developed through the Paranda Network. Translated from Pashto by Negeen Kargar.

'Continuing Watching' | Brick: A Literary Journal

The Winter 2023 edition of Brick literary journal featured a short story by Fatema K and translated from the Dari by Zubair Popalzai.

‘Kabul’s Haikus’ | The Markaz Review

In December 2023, The Markaz Review featured a new short story by Paranda Network writer Maryam Mahjoba about a teacher Japan who travels to Afghanistan to work at a girls’ school.

Movable Type | 1455’s e-magazine

In November 2023, 1455’s e-magazine Movable Type featured an ‘Untold spotlight’, publishing four stories by Afghan women writers from the Paranda Network in their storytelling issue.

'The Hotel' | PEN Transmissions

In September 2023, PEN Transmissions published a personal essay by Zainab Akhlaqi, a writer and contributor to My Pen Is the Wing of a Bird: New Fiction by Afghan Women, on leaving Afghanistan. Translated by Zubair Popalzai.

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