Stories about the plight of Afghan women under the Taliban are proliferating, and Jonathan Burnham at Talk Miramax has just signed up another. It's called My Forbidden Face and is written under a pseudonym, Latifa, by a young woman who escaped from that unhappy country earlier this year to Paris, but left behind relatives who could suffer reprisals if her real name were revealed. She was born into an educated middle-class family in which she lived a normal life as a young girl until the Taliban came to power in 1996, at which point she was confined to her home, could no longer go to school and was forced to cover herself head to toe. She has been writing her book since her escape, and her Paris agent, Susanna Lea, has already sold rights in the U.K., Germany, Holland, Greece and Portugal. Talk's Devereux Chatillon negotiated the North American rights deal, for publication next spring.
Volume 248 Issue 43 10/22/2001