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When Skateboards Will Be Free: A Memoir of a Political Childhood

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“The revolution is not only inevitable, it is imminent. It is not only imminent, it is quite imminent. And when the time comes, my father will lead it.”

With a profound gift for capturing the absurd in life, and a deadpan wisdom that comes from surviving a surreal childhood in the Socialist Workers Party, Saïd Sayrafiezadeh has crafted an unsentimental, funny, heartbreaking memoir.

Saïds Iranian-born father and American Jewish mother had one thing in common: their unshakable conviction that the workers revolution was coming. Separated since their son was nine months old, they each pursued a dream of the perfect socialist society. Pinballing with his mother between makeshift Pittsburgh apartments, falling asleep at party meetings, longing for the luxuries hes taught to despise, Said waits for the revolution that never, ever arrives. “Soon,” his mother assures him, while his long-absent father quixotically runs as a socialist candidate for president in an Iran about to fall under the ayatollahs. Then comes the hostage crisis. The uproar that follows is the first time Saïd hears the word “Iran” in school. There he is suddenly forced to confront the combustible stew of his identity: as an American, an Iranian, a Jew, a socialist... and a middle-school kid who loves football and video games.

Poised perfectly between tragedy and farce, here is a story by a brilliant young writer struggling to break away from the powerful mythologies of his upbringing and create a life—and a voice—of his own. Saïd Sayrafiezadehs memoir is unforgettable.

Synopsis:

With a profound gift for capturing the absurd in life, and a deadpan wisdom that comes from surviving a surreal childhood in the Socialist Workers Party, Sayrafiezadeh has crafted an unsentimental, funny, heartbreaking memoir.

About the Author

Saïd Sayrafiezadehs writing has appeared in Granta, the Paris Review, and Open City. He lives in New York.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780385340687
Subtitle:
A Memoir of a Political Childhood
Author:
Sayrafiezadeh, Said
Author:
Sayrafiezadeh, Sa'id
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Author:
Sayrafiezadeh, Saad
Author:
S., A.
Author:
Sad Sayrafiezadeh
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Publisher:
The Dial Press
Subject:
Personal Memoirs
Subject:
Socialists
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Socialists -- United States.
Subject:
Sayrafiezadeh, Sa'id - Childhood and youth
Copyright:
Publication Date:
20090324
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
8.50x5.84x1.11 in. .89 lbs.

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