The Afghan Coat is a novella (short novel) based on a true story and illustrated with nine photographs and a map by the author.
Kabul 1916. A young man sets out as courier on a crucial mission. He travels in the Emir’s Rolls Royce, climbs a smuggling path along the Khyber Pass, meets brave Pashtuns and ferocious warlords, follows the flooded Indus River – Punjab CID closely on his heels. All Abdul Haq has to deliver is the Afghan coat he wears, risking his life more than once for it.
The Afghan Coat is set in Afghanistan, India and Malta. Authentic Abdul Haq starts as the key figure of a large scale conspiracy and ends up as plaything in a game far greater than he ever imagined. The description of a single fate against the backdrop of World War I shines a light on times when clandestine actions at the frontier of Afghanistan and today’s Pakistan almost changed the course of history and shaped the conflicts to come.
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H. Cløver lives in Berlin, Germany. Apart from writing, he works as a photographer, publisher and graphic designer. He travelled Pakistan and India extensively in the mid-1990s, doing field work in the course of his studies of anthropology. His subject was Mystic dimensions of popular Islam in South Asia, a guarantee for memorable encounters. One highlight of his sojourn in Abbotabad, Khyber-Pakhtunkwah province, was of a more political nature: an invitation to diner at the Pakistan Military Academy (PMA) by a group of young officers. The PMA is located only a few hundred yards from the future hiding place of Osama bin Laden.