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At the Wall of the Almighty

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This series is designed to bring to North American readers the once-unheard voices of writers who have achieved wide acclaim at home, but are not recognized beyond the borders of their native lands. With special emphasis on women writers, Interlink's Emerging Voices series publishes the best of the world's contemporary literature in translation or original English.Is it re ...more
Paperback, 495 pages
Published September 1st 1999 by Interlink Publishing Group
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Max Ostrovsky
If you're looking for a Muslim centric magic realism story that uses a lot of the same story telling techniques that Rushdie uses, I recommend a far superior story done by a far superior writer: Farnoosh Moshiri's At the Wall of the Almighty.

Here is a very fluid story of a Persian freedom fighter locked in a prison. It is very hallucinogenic. It has lots of Magic Realism. It has lots of backstory, side stories that are interesting and engaging. It is everything that Salman Rushdie's book should
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At the Wall of the Almighty begins sometime after a failed revolution with a man in an Iranian prison who has been tortured to the point of amnesia. Farnoosh Moshiri deftly weaves a story in and out of the man's horrific present through his attempts to reclaim memories, especially those of his long lost twin sister. While some memories feel grounded in reality, others take a drug-induced turn for the dreamlike, and the reader—along with the protagonist—will often question what, if any of it, is ...more
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Iranian born writer Farnoosh Moshiri has published plays, short stories, and translations in Iranian literary magazines before the 1979 revolution and in anthologies published outside Iran in the 1980s. In 1983, she fled her country after a massive arrest of secular intellectuals, feminists, and political activists. She lived in refugee camps of Afghanistan and India for four years before emigrati ...more
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