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3.63  ·  Rating details ·  43 Ratings  ·  6 Reviews
An idealistic young man driven by nostalgia and romantic notions of the country he left as a child, Arash returns to Iran to start a new life and do his share to help rebuild the country. As he explores the streets of Tehran, he finds a society plagued by contradictions and confronts a disgruntled and cynical populace for whom the promises of the Revolution never materiali ...more
Paperback, 189 pages
Published December 12th 2003 by Toby Press (first published 2003)
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Dec 27, 2009 rated it it was amazing
For some strange reason, this book remains one of the hidden gems of contemporary diaspora Iranian literature, lost amid bland memoirs that recycle the same stories of privilege lost and ultimately (lucratively) coming to terms with life out of Iran. The protagonist here enjoys no such peace or acceptance of his loss (of Iran), and this book details his response to an internal call to arms.

It is the distopian Iranian version of Che Guevara's Motorcycle Diaries, detailing a young man's (rash) dec
May 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
I actually enjoyed this book! It suprises me to say that. I read it in an unusual way. I read the last half of the book first and then I returned an actually read from the beginning. It was that good in spite of the tragic stupidity of the main character. Alot of people who have a connection to Iran see this as a book about Iran and the Revolution and Komeini. I see it as a book which examines the mind of someone who forsakes what is good in their lives and ends up a dead revolutionary, terroris ...more
Apr 02, 2012 rated it really liked it
This is a grim book by an unidentified author about life in modern Tehran, twenty-some years after the Revolution that overthrew the Shah and put Khomeni in power. The protagonist is an idealistic young man growing up in the US but yearning for a home in Iran and a cause to devote his life to.

Unwise and unprepared for what he finds when he goes there, he is thrust into the shadow life that exists among both the wealthy and poor beyond the all-seeing eye of the Islamic authorities. Eventually, af
Nov 08, 2009 rated it really liked it
This book is really amazing. I will write a review about it one day that will do it justice, but for now I advise everyone to read this book. Though specific to the plight of the Iranian people, it is a story that, even if you are not fully able to relate to the narrator's mindset and experience, you will see understand as a larger part of humankind's struggle for freedom and dignity.

Especially within the context of what is going on in Iran right now, I highly recommend this as a book you should
Oct 16, 2012 rated it liked it
the main character wasnt much of a protaganist. The guy legitimately committed crimes and refused to get a job. didnt exactly represent the harsh reality of life in Iran.
Aug 01, 2013 rated it liked it
Difficult read about modern Tehran and the cost of survival.
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