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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.

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Film Screening: Soldados de Salamina

Starts:
5:00 pm on Friday, November 30, 2012
Ends:
7:00 pm on Friday, November 30, 2012
Location:
Sargent College, 635 Commonwealth Avenue, Room 102
URL:
http://boston.cervantes.es/en/culture_in_spanish/cultural_activities.htm
Based on the novel by Javier Cercas. Presented by Marta Villar (BU lecturer). Synopsis: A novelist who has stopped writing investigates a true story from the final days of the Civil War. The writer and Falangist Rafael Snchez Mazas was shot by firing squad together with 50 other prisoners, but was able to flee and hide in the forest. It seems that a soldier, combing the zone for his capture, found him but allowed him to escape. The writer puts these pieces together, a puzzle plagued by contradictions and enigmatic characters. Through this investigation, and though she is not aware of it, the writer doesn’t only search for the truth, but also for herself.