Texts in the City: The Rugmaker of Mazar-e-Sharif
In this instalment of our Texts in the City series, host Ruby Murray discusses The Rugmaker of Mazar-e-Sharif with co-authors Robert Hillman and Najaf Mazari. They discuss the facts behind the story, the relationship between its truth and creative retelling, Mazari’s first reading of Hillman’s text and how conflict can be resolved with imagination and poetry.
Robert Hillman is the author of more than 80 works of fiction and non-fiction. His memoir, The Boy in the Green Suit, won the Australian National Biography Award for 2003.
Ruby J Murray is a writer and researcher whose work appears regularly in Australian magazines, journals and newspapers. Her first novel, Running Dogs, is out now through Scribe.
Najaf Mazari is the co-author (with Robert Hillman) of 2008 novel The Rugmaker of Mazar-e-Sharif, which eloquently tells the story of his journey as a refugee from Afghanistan to Australia. Also written with Hillman, 2011 follow-up The Honey Thief is a collection of stories in the tradition of Afghan folktales.