And the Mountains Echoed

A young girl confined to a hospital in Kabul after she’s attacked by the Taliban, Roshana is the embodiment of innocence and kindness. (She may be partly modeled on Malala Yousafzai, the real-life girl who was shot by the Taliban and went on to write a book about her experience.) Although Idris assures Roshana that he’ll use his medical influence to care for her, it is Timur who ultimately provides her with the help she needs. When Roshana grows older, she writes a book about her experience, and dedicates it to Timur and Amra Ademovic, the nurse who cared for her.

Roshana Quotes in And the Mountains Echoed

The And the Mountains Echoed quotes below are all either spoken by Roshana or refer to Roshana. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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Chapter 5 Quotes

“We leave in a week, bro. You don’t want to get her too attached to you.” Idris nods. He wonders if Timur may not be slightly jealous of his relationship with Roshi, perhaps even resentful that he, Idris, may have robbed him of a spectacular opportunity to play hero. Timur, emerging in slow motion from the blazing building, holding a baby. The crowd exploding in a cheer. Idris is determined not to let Timur parade Roshi in that way.

Related Characters: Timur Bashiri (speaker), Dr. Idris Bashiri, Roshana
Page Number: 162-163
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He is not a criminal. Everything he owns he has earned. In the nineties, while half the guys he knew were out clubbing and chasing women, he had been buried in study, dragging himself through hospital corridors at two in the morning, forgoing leisure, comfort, sleep. He had given his twenties to medicine. He has paid his dues. Why should he feel badly? This is his family. This is his life.
In the last month, Roshi has become something abstract to him, like a character in a play. Their connection has frayed. The unexpected intimacy he had stumbled upon in that hospital, so urgent and acute, has eroded into something dull. The experience has lost its power. He recognizes the fierce determination that had seized him for what it really was, an illusion, a mirage.

Related Characters: Dr. Amra Ademovic (speaker), Dr. Idris Bashiri (speaker), Roshana (speaker)
Page Number: 178
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Roshana Character Timeline in And the Mountains Echoed

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Chapter 5
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Idris, Timur, and Amra stand in the hospital, surveying a young girl named Roshana, who is very ill. Idris notices, with a flash of irritation, that Timur and Amra... (full context)
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Amra explains to Idris what will happen to Roshana, the young girl in the hospital. Roshana lived with her family outside of Kabul, Amra... (full context)
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...a box. He makes his way through the halls to where Amra is sitting by Roshana’s bed. Idris greets Roshana and shows her the presents he’s bought her: VCR tapes of... (full context)
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...goes out, and Idris decides to leave the hospital. As he leaves, he runs into Roshana’s maternal uncle (not the man who attacked her with an axe). The uncle complains that... (full context)
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Idris develops a routine of visiting the hospital to see Roshana. He brings Roshana presents, and spends more time with Amra. Timur warns Idris to be... (full context)
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...to Kabul in another month. As Timur goes on, Idris silently remembers saying goodbye to Roshana, and telling her that he’d see her again. (full context)
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...his computer. Suddenly, he receives an email from Amra. In the email, Amra explains that Roshana wants to send him a message: she’s been enjoying the videotapes Idris bought her, and... (full context)
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...In the hurry of work, Idris doesn’t have the time to talk to Joan about Roshana’s operation. He receives another email from Amra, in which she asks if Idris has looked... (full context)
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Later in the week, Idris approaches Joan Schaeffer about Roshana’s operation. He explains the circumstances, and asks her if American healthcare could pay for her... (full context)
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...earned everything in his life with hard work and study. He begins to forget about Roshana, very slowly, until eventually she becomes nothing more than a character in a movie. He... (full context)
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...line at a bookstore, holding a book. The book, ghostwritten by a journalist, is about Roshana. Idris thinks, with great pain, about the love and respect Roshana gave him when she... (full context)
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...Idris is standing in a book-signing line, and he’s only a few feet away from Roshana. When it’s his turn to meet Roshana and have his book signed, Roshana barely looks... (full context)