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A new novel by the master of Iranian letters that directly engages politics in Iran today

Ten years in the writing, this fearless novel--so powerful it's banned in Iran--tells the stirring story of a tortured people forced to live under successive oppressive regimes.

It begins on a pitch black, rainy night, when there's a knock on the Colonel's door. Two policemen have come to summon him to collect the tortured body of his youngest daughter. The Islamic Revolution is devouring its own children. Set over the course of a single night, the novel follows the Colonel as he pays a bribe to recover his daughter's body and then races to bury her before sunrise.

As we watch him struggle with the death of his innocent child, we find him wracked with guilt and anger over the condition of his country, particularly as represented by his own children: a son who fell during the 1979 revolution; another driven to madness after being tortured during the Shah's regime; a third who went off to martyr himself fighting for the ayatollahs in their war against Iraq; one murdered daughter, and another who survives by being married to a cruel opportunist.

An incredibly powerful novel about nation, history and family, The Colonel is a startling illumination of the consequences of years of oppression and political upheaval in Iran.

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Product Details

ISBN:
9781612191331
Publisher:
Melville House
Subject:
Fiction : Literary
Translator:
Patterdale, Tom
Author:
Dowlatabadi, Mahmoud
Subject:
Literary Collections : Middle Eastern
Subject:
Fiction : Political
Publication Date:
May 2012
Binding:
eBooks
Language:
English

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