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Farewell Shiraz: An Iranian Memoir of Revolution and Exile

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In October 1999 during a trip to Cairo, Cyrus Kadivar, an exiled Iranian living in London, visited the tomb of the last shah and opened a Pandora's box. Haunted by nostalgia for a bygone era, he recalled a protected and idyllic childhood in the fabled city of Shiraz and his coming of age during the 1979 Iranian revolution. Back in London, he reflected on what had happened ...more
Hardcover, 400 pages
Published June 24th 2017 by American University in Cairo Press
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Michael Milgrim
Jan 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
As a former faculty member of the university in Shiraz, who lived through the early stages of the Islamic Revolution, I can highly recommend Cyrus Kadivar's retelling of the events of that revolution as it unfolded in Shiraz in southwest Iran. Kadivar's memoir, based on diaries he kept and his own vivid recollections, is interwoven with a personal account of the circumstances of his family caught up in the revolutionary whirlwind. Kadivar follows the accelerating momentum of the revolution over ...more
Aug 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A very compelling book. At times I had to put it down because it touched me on very personal levels. I am originally from Iraq and the authors experiences and background is so similar to my own that at times, it felt like he spoke straight out of my own mouth. Heartbreaking to lose a home, a country, a culture. Healing to sit down and resolve to overcome somehow, by analysing what happened. This Cyrus Kadivar does with a committed intellectual discipline that is admirable. Very factual, trying t ...more
Dec 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
An amazing intimate read. So real and very moving. The writer put himself into the text and the fusion is brilliant!
Ingrid Leksand
Feb 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Ingrid by: An Iranian friend
I just finished reading Mr Kadivar's book - Farewell to Shiraz, strangely enough on the 40th anniversary of a revolution that put a stop not only to progress, modernity, tolerance and prosperity in Iran but to the entire region and the greater Middle East. An unfortunate, barbaric revolution that has even changed the way we live in the free world today: feeling unsafe, worried about terrorist attacks and further wars!

Having lived in that enchanted land of 'roses & nightingales' in the 1970s myse
May 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I read “Farewell Shiraz” and would like to commend the author for his remarkable book. I enjoyed the very personal memoir which brought to life a story of Iran during the period which many of us have forgotten and which for many of current generation is either unknown or so distant that they continue to regard the current status quo in Iran as something which is either natural or something that fits into western stereotype of an islamic nation. Through its memoir Mr. Kadivar tells the story of p ...more
Kyril Calsoyas
Feb 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Marvelous heartfelt memoir from a knowledgeable and sensitive source. Mr. Kadivar lived the experiences he writes about and makes them accessible for those to whom his world was a mystery.
His narrative is a guide for us all in reconciling loss with the need to continue to live and thrive in this world.

Mr. Kadivar is an exemplary first author insofar as he doesn't follow hackneyed memoir forms and reaches deeply into his soul to bring to light occurrences and their meaning from a time so differe
Kifah Arif
Mar 29, 2021 rated it it was amazing
It’s one of them books that one gets hooked on like one does, say with binging on Netflix series or Turkish drama ! with “withdrawal symptoms ” once it’s finished .
Very compelling read indeed. The personal memoir interwoven with the social and political history of that era was so elegantly narrated and very engaging.
Kadivar investigative style in zooming into the circumstances that led to the downfall of the Shah trying to find answers was honest and unbiased as much as one can be - who was part
John Metzler
Jan 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The book presents a rich, realistic and readable tapestry of the End of the Pahlavi Era in Iran and its complicated but oft misunderstood aftermath.

The volume offers a intricately textured account, rooted not in nostalgia as much as the What If?
Farewell Shiraz presents an elegantly narrated saga, a literary Merchant Ivory film, which looks not to the Golden Haze of history but the realistic and often tragic aftermath of an "end of an Era."
Oct 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A poingent look at a young man's life as he had to leave his homeland behind. Well done and engaging! ...more
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Mrs T
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Farewell Shiraz is a "must" read for everyone! It is a brilliantly crafted memoir that seeks to make sense of the Iranian revolution and the fall from power of Mohammad Reza Pahlavi through intimate interviews and personal observation. For those who lived that chaotic era it reawakens the past with the stature of a greek tragedy. It is a silent screen movie with forgotten characters springing back to life, so 3 dimensional that I grieved for my past as I never had before!
Every interview is a ric
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