Colonel

ISBN-10: 1612191320
ISBN-13: 9781612191324
Edition: 2012
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Description: A new novel by a master of Iranian letters—often rumored to be a contender for the Nobel Prize—that directly engages politics in Iran today Ten years in the writing, this fearless novel—so powerful it’s banned in Iran—tells the stirring story of a  More...

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Book details

List price: $17.95
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Melville House Publishing
Publication date: 5/8/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 256
Size: 5.00" wide x 8.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.682
Language: English

A new novel by a master of Iranian letters—often rumored to be a contender for the Nobel Prize—that directly engages politics in Iran today Ten years in the writing, this fearless novel—so powerful it’s banned in Iran—tells the stirring story of a tortured people forced to live under successive oppressive regimes. It begins on a pitch black, rainy night, when there’s a knock on the Colonel’s door. Two policemen have come to summon him to collect the tortured body of his youngest daughter. The Islamic Revolution is devouring its own children. Set over the course of a single night, the novel follows the Colonel as he pays a bribe to recover his daughter’s body and then races to bury her before sunrise.As we watch him struggle with the death of his innocent child, we find him wracked with guilt and anger over the condition of his country, particularly as represented by his own children: a son who fell during the 1979 revolution; another driven to madness after being tortured during the Shah’s regime; a third who went off to martyr himself fighting for the ayatollahs in their war against Iraq; one murdered daughter, and another who survives by being married to a cruel opportunist.An incredibly powerful novel about nation, history and family, The Colonel leaves no taboo unbroken.

Mahmoud Dowlatabadi is one of Iran’s most important writers. The author of numerous novels, plays and screenplays, he is a leading proponent of social and artistic freedom in contemporary Iran. Dowlatabadi pioneered the use of the everyday language of the Iranian people as suitable for high literary art, and often examines the lives of the marginal and oppressed in his work. Born in a remote farming region of Iran, his early life and teens were spent as an agricultural day laborer until he made his way to Tehran where he started working in the theater and began writing plays, stories and novels. Though a dissident, he has been protected by the importance of his literary contribution and revered artistic stature, and he continues to be one of Iran’s most prolific and beloved writers. He has most recently stated that he will stop publishing his work until the climate of censorship lightens. He lives in Tehran. This is his first novel translated into English.

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