The Bactra Review Afghanistan: The
Soviet Invasion and the Afghan Response
Two moving books by Western novelists, recounting their fruitless efforts to
arouse public interest in the plight of Afghanistan, are Doris Lessing's
The Wind Blows Away Our Words (NY: Vintage, 1987) and William
T. Vollmann, An Afghanistan Picture Show, or, How I Saved the
World (New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1992). Lessing's chapter on
``The Strange Case of the Western Conscience'' is particularly noteworthy.