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Qais Akbar Omar (GRS’16), a graduate student in the Creative Writing Program, has published a much-praised memoir, A Fort of Nine Towers: An Afghan Family Story. He recalls how the violence and tumult of civil war jolted his family, who, despite losing relatives, their home, and possessions, continued to nurture his wish to attend a university.
The book analyzes 147 radicals according to which characters are arranged in traditional Chinese dictionaries and over 3,000 frequently used characters closely related to the radicals, providing the origins of the radicals and characters. Two indexes are included in the book: one arranged according to strokes and one in alphabetical order. Radicals with forms that are almost identical or of similar origin are organized together, which is convenient for the reader to make a comparative study.