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This novel traces the fate of the Urkhani family in the Iranian town of Ardabil before & after the Second World War through the trials & ghostly recollections of its very individual members, who include: Ideen, the frustrated poet; Urhan, his greedy & talentless younger brother; & Yousef, whose childhood antics left him paralysed.
Paperback, 272 pages
Published December 21st 2007 by Aflame Books (first published 1989)
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Ahmad Sharabiani
سمفونی مردگان = Symphony of the Dead, Abbas Maroufi

A contemporary version of the Cain and Abel story, this novel was greeted with widespread praise when it was first published in Iran in 1989. Set in the northern town of Ardabil in the aftermath of the Second World War.

The story begins as Urhan Urkhani, a prominent citizen of the town, sets out to find his brother in a midwinter snowstorm. Over the course of that day-long search, the entire history of the family is revealed in four symphony-like
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Ali Karimnejad
Feb 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
“Symphony of the Dead” is about all the failed efforts of the people who tried to “find their true selves”. A bitter story about, fratricide, envy, suppression, and the conflict of tradition and modernity. It narrates the story of Jaber Urkhani and his four children aftermath of the Second World War in a highly symbolized way. The style of the writing is very similar to William Faulkner’s masterpiece, “The Sound and the Fury”. While Faulkner is the master of this writing style, but in my opinion ...more
Hissa
Jun 25, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Is it okay if i say I just kept reading the book because I enjoyed the font? And how the papers feel?
There were some good quotes but that’s it.
Eärendilen
Jun 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“And by the way, everything in life is writable about if you have the outgoing guts to do it, and the imagination to improvise. The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt.” Sylvia Plath
Afsane Rezaei
May 10, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
above all the good things said about this book, i liked the different points of view used in different sections, making characters seem both guilty and innocent at the same time, leaving the reader undecided on whom to put the blame; something we don't normally see in many stories.
and well,the book is a bit hard to relate to at first, u may not get half of the things when u start reading it, but if u endure the first section the chances are high that u'd start to love it.
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Pardis
Feb 14, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
It reminded me of the movie “mother 2017”. That the brother can simply kill the other brother. That we are making the fairy tales, Adam and Eve, of the past so real and visible in our life.
It has an Antigone like other novels and stories.
The protagonist changes through out every chapter of the book, for playing with your brain; not to be tired of reading it.
As a human living in 21th century the book didn’t give me sth I looked for.
I think he wanted to start a story like the “cien años de sole
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Sepideh
Mar 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-persian
A heavy but great and touching book.
R.2
Nov 25, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Binazir!!!
Just nothing only a way 2read it and $are a world of wonders in writing and only the time u discover urself when sank in it,,,
Az unai k HICH vaqt yadam nemire$uno 2donya$un daso pa mizane adam!!!
Binazir!!!
Ali
Feb 23, 2007 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This will bother you!
Ben Dutton
Oct 27, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Farfari
Apr 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It was one of the best books I've read ...more
Fatima Lee
Jul 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
Stunned♥️
I found it surprising that this book has no adaptations yet. It would make a great movie or series!
Klenk
Aug 25, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed the first 2.5 parts, then it just got too non-linear/impressionistic for me.

The book basically dives into one family growing up in the 1940s in Iran with the values of each character causing different strains on themselves and their family. Not your simple "western" v. "traditional" dichotomy.
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Jafar
Jun 21, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Modern Iranian literature. Reading the book blurb made me start off with skepticism. I thought this might be an Iranian Kite Runner. But everything about this book – the writing, the plot, the narration style – is so much better. I wonder if the book has been translated into any other language.
Nikou Koleini
Feb 27, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
DiVaNe KoNaNdE ...
niloufar
Mar 11, 2007 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The writer plays with time and the book has a difficult texture.
Mohammad
i didn't think there would be such a good modern novel in persian literature,and i'd turned to be more surprised when i found that this book is created in '60 shamsi decade!
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Parisa
Feb 07, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
that was a great story of people loosin' themselves and i guess every one of us is Aydin... we need to find it and grow it inside .... ...more
behzad khosravifar
very sad book
Milad
Jun 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Milad by: Farshid
I'm not sure why the book is called like this. It may be because the characters of the book are living in such bad conditions that are emotionally dead (perhaps killed). Or maybe because the characters approach their final destination of the death with such musicality(!) that the whole stories of the individuals makes a beautiful symphony. I'm calling it beautiful, because I enjoy dark music like Rachmaninoff, Tchaikovsky, etc. And even metal music too.

The writer is an Iranian and the book is wr
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Saeid Mohammadpour
Jun 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
If you’re looking for an interesting novel with great educational value, if you desire the novels related to Iranians’ culture and history, if you’re looking for a new and innovative way of narrating, if an intelligent way of combining romance with drama fascinates you, find and read the Iranian author Abbas Maroufi’s awarded book.
To be honest I was totally confused when I was reading the initial pages of the book. It was like reading some unsorted sentences. However, this was the result of a ne
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Scott Cox
"He has been abnormal for a few days but today he is at his most abnormal" and "there are two categories of people with whom you can't have an argument: The literate and the illiterate." These are two of my favorite quotes from "Symphony of the Dead" by Iranian author Abbas Maroufi. The novel is extremely well crafted and spell-binding. The novel abounds with symbolism: howling wolves, black crows crying "snaw, snaw, snaw," the Lord's electric fan factory, watermelon seeds & souk, salt-laden Sho ...more
mehri
Feb 26, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ivereaden
I've never read a book more magnific than this.although it's a bit hard to read it deserves. ...more
Fariba
Mar 13, 2007 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
it wasnt so fantastic against others opinion!
foozhan
Apr 13, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
it is always in my mind
navid h
Apr 22, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: all
The best, and the last book that a man should read in his life.
Surrealist
May 01, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Utopia of Farsi`s novels.. ...more
Azadeh
Jul 02, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
One of the Best books I have ever read!!
mojhdeh
I am reading it at the moment. It would be interstingfor those who are familliar with the style of Sadegh Hedayae writing.
Vahid Zakeri
Sep 28, 2007 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novel
The only thing I can say is just: NOT BAD!
Iranian authors are much better in writing short stories rather than novels!

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Raised and educated in Tehran, Abbas Maroufi studied dramatic arts at Tehran University while teaching at schools and writing for the newspapers. He served as the editor in chief of the literary Gardun magazine from 1990 to 1995. His first published work was a collection of short stories entitled Into the Sun. He also wrote
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