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Thirst: A Novel of the Iran-Iraq War

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“Dowlatabadi draws a detailed, realist picture of Iranian life . . . in language that is complex and lyrical.”The Financial Times

In the midst of the Iran–Iraq War, an Iraqi journalist is given a tour of a military prison. The Major in charge of the camp informs the writer of what is expected: he is to write a fabricated report about a murder that has occurred in the camp, with the aim of demoralizing Iranian soldiers.

Reluctant to write the report, the writer spends a long night talking and drinking with the Major and detailing a work of fiction he is composing about a group of soldiers trapped on a hill, dying of thirst as they battle for a water tank with a group of enemy soldiers perched on the opposite hill. The tank remains undamaged, but neither group has a hope of reaching it without being killed.

In a narrative riddled with surreal images, shifting perspectives, and dark humor, Mahmoud Dowlatabadi—widely acknowledged as the most important living Iranian writer—offers a kaleidoscopic portrait of the warring countries as he questions the meaning of national identity and does something that has been nearly impossible to do in Iran for the last century: tell a true story.

About the Author

MAHMOUD DOWLATABADI is one of the Middle East's most important writers of the last century. The author of numerous novels, plays and screenplays, he is a leading proponent of social and artistic freedom in contemporary Iran. Dowlatabadi pioneered the use of the everyday language of the Iranian people as suitable for high literary art, and often examines the lives of the marginal and

oppressed in his work, such as in his previous Melville House title, Missing Soluch, his first work translated into English. He is also the author of The Colonel.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781612193007
Author:
Dowlatabadi, Mahmoud
Publisher:
Melville House Publishing
Author:
Bahrami, Aida
Author:
Weir, Martin E.
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20140631
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
160
Dimensions:
8 x 5.01 x 0.4 in 0.3213 lb

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