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This book is based on the true story of Franciska. As a teenager, she gives out on an aerial journey influenced by the zeitgeist. She becomes violently in love with a Pashtun from a patriarchal culture of honor. Franciska talks about her marriage. There is a genuine and unique depiction of a young Swedish girl’s life as the wife of a Pakistani. The reader gets an insight into what life is like in a traditional Muslim family and how the seventeen-year-old Franciska experienced it.
Interesting to take part of her life inside the walls, how the ideas are so radically different between east and west. A frank book about love and the inner journey.
This story has not ben told before, its unique, its true and its important, because the world we live in today is meeting many challenges concerning the confrontations of Western and Eastern cultures.
Franciska “Kali” von Koch from Sweden, Author of ‘An Unlikely Rebellion’. Franciska says “When I was seventeen I hitchhiked all the way through Europe to Pakistan, where I fell madly in love with a young handsome man from the Pashtun people.
Shahid was the son of a wealthy landowner – and was already engaged when he fell head over heels for Magdalena. In his honor-bound culture, their whirlwind romance and impromptu marriage were an affront to his fiancée’s family, a crime worthy of death.”
Franciska von Koch paints a moving portrait of her alter ego Magdalena’s trials in the Swat Valley of northern Pakistan, the beauty of the countryside, the love of her husband and his welcoming family and the eventual collapse of their dream. Brought up in the heady laissez-faire world of the 1960s free-love era, 17-year-old Magdalena was a spiritual seeker, easily influenced by those who inspired her. Following on the coattails of the Beatles, she and a friend hitchhiked from Stockholm in 1971 in search of a guru to teach them. The goal was India, but Magdalena never got that far. In the borderlands of Northern Pakistan, she fell madly in love with a young Pashtun man, a turn of events that took both of their lives onto a whole new path…
In the book, you will find authentic letters and photographs and get insight into what a life could look like behind the walls of a conservative Muslim family, a life where women live secluded from the world. Its not a black and white story, but rather a heartfelt description of a family in an old fashioned Patriarchal system and how difficult it is to fall in love outside your own culture.
Franciska has started a crowdfunding campaign with a goal of raising $5000. The fund raised will be used to translate the book into English by a professional and to cover the expenses for the crowdfunding and the publishing of the book digitally.
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