Praise for I Am the Beggar of the World
"I Am the Beggar of the World is a great and satisfying work. I applaud Eliza Griswold and Seamus Murphy. It is an essential look at the women of Afghanistan and the voices of dissent at risk of being suppressed when the American forces withdraw."
—Sahera Sharif, Member of Afghanistan’s Parliament, founder of nationwide women’s literary circle, Mirman Baheer
"The poems in I Am the Beggar of the World cut like a knife—they are short, sharp—and leave you bleeding. They are the most direct voices of the inner life of Afghan women, and prove that these women, despite all hardships, are still standing. These two-liners make the reader feel close to the women that we've seen so often on the screen wandering like blue-clad ghosts on the dusty roadsides. A heart is a heart anywhere in the world."
— Åsne Seierstad, author of The Bookseller of Kabul
"I Am the Beggar of the World is a revelatory book about Afghanistan, one sure to turn all the stereotypes about the country's women on their heads. The poems, equally art and reportage, are often poignant, more often witty, even pungent. They, along with the accompanying text and photographs, illuminate the beauty of the country and its culture, the sadness of its history, and the humor, the hopes, the bitterness, and even the contradictions its women—no different than women anywhere—carry in their hearts. This is an important book, but to describe it only that way is to neglect how deeply pleasurable it is to read."
—Amy Waldman, author of The Submission
“Eliza Griswold brings a poet’s sensibility, a folklorist’s skills, and a journalist’s savvy to these startling and incendiary folk poems by Afghan women, which she has so daringly collected and translated. With its arresting photographs and heartbreaking two-liners, I Am the Beggar of the World enlarges our sense of the work that poetry does in the world.”
—Edward Hirsch, author of The Living Fire
"This is poetry of a rural tradition that is as world-wise, war-wise and uniquely sophisticated as any collection of writing by women, anywhere."
—Carol Muske-Dukes, author of Twin Cities
Praise for The Tenth Parallel
“A fascinating journey . . . A beautifully written book.” —Linda Robinson, The New York Times Book Review