Nearly three decades after her father’s death in 1987, Marie Khalili has published the long-awaited English translation of Memoirs of Khalilullah Khalili: An Afghan Philosopher Poet – A Conversation with his Daughter, Marie. Her husband, Afzal Nasiri, translated and edited the Memoirs. Nasiri is a former editor of the Kabul Times in Afghanistan.
The original memoirs of Ustad Khalilullah Khalili, the eminent historian, poet, philosopher and statesman of Afghanistan, were written in Persian in Maywood, New Jersey, between 1983 and 1986 while he was in exile in the United States, during the Soviet occupation of his country.
Ustad Khalili authored more than 70 works of poetry, fiction, histories and Sufi studies. His booklet From Balkh to Konya on the 13th century mystic poet Jalaluddin Balkhi-Rumi is highly regarded across the Persian-speaking world as well as India and Pakistan. He is best remembered for his quatrains; his most notable work was published after the invasion of Afghanistan by the Soviet Union in 1979, and provided inspiration to the freedom fighters. Khalili is among the few contemporary Afghan poets to gain a following in Iran.
Memoirs of Khalilullah Khalili: An Afghan Philosopher Poet – A Conversation with his Daughter, Marie (ISBN-13: 978-0615889726, 554 pages, $19.99) is available in paperback in English and Persian at www.amazon.com.