Staff Recommendation – Afghan Trucks

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This delightful little book is exactly what the title says – Afghan trucks.  A photo essay published in the 1970s by Jean-Charles Blanc, this book explores the ornate decorations added to Afghan trucks, adapted from the days of the wagon and caravan to fit these modern modes of transport. They are many things: status symbols, personal expressions, and, most importantly, prayers on wheels. These decorations serve as entreaties to the divine for protection from the follies and mishaps of travel. Design themes can be traditional but also very contemporary, including references to American sci-fi concepts. This book, though 30 years old, still serves as a humane and intimate window into an interesting aspect of the culture and values of Afghanistan.

This book is currently on display in the main level of the Greenfield Library- 745.4495 B591a

Mike R.

Circulation Assistant

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