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The immortals of Tehran : a novel

by Araghi, Ali,

Format: Print Book 2020
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As a child living in his family's apple orchard, Ahmad Torkash-Vand treasures his great-great-great-great grandfather's every mesmerizing world. On the day of his father's death, Ahmad listens closely as the seemingly immortal elder tells him the tale of a centuries-old family curse...and the boy's own fated role in the story.

Ahmad grows up to suspect that something unseen must be interfering with his family, as he struggles to hold them together through decades of famine, loss, and political turmoil in Iran. As the world transforms around him, each turn of Ahmad's life is a surprise- from street brawler to father of two impossibly gifted daughters; from radical poet to politician with a target on his back. These lives, and the many unforgettable stories alongside his, converge and catch fire at the center of the Revolution.

A sweeping, multi-generational epic, this stunning debut heralds the arrival of a unique new literary voice. Exploring the brutality of history while conjuring the astonishment of magical realism, The Immortals of Tehran is a story of the incantatory power of words and the revolutionary sparks of love, family, and poetry-set against the indifferent, relentless march of time.
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Booklist Review: "Araghi's debut novel introduces Ahmad, a ten-year-old boy living in a small Iranian village, on the day of his sister's wedding and his father's death. Ahmad is struck silent from that day forward, communicating by mouthing words and writing in a notebook. After his father dies, Ahamd's seemingly centuries-old great-great-great-great grandfather tells him about a legendary curse that befalls every other son in the family line. Ahmad's grandfather Khan alternately ignores the stories about the curse and seeks to protect Ahmad from its wrath. Ahmad's early life in his grandfather's orchards is peaceful until famine and Russian attacks force the family to move to Tehran. Ahmad grows into adulthood against a backdrop of the country's tumultuous history, from the Russian occupation following WWII through the Revolution in the late 1970s. His life takes him to poetry, to love, and to his own place as a family patriarch. Following multiple generations, this family epic unfurls with elements of magical realism. Readers will enjoy Araghi's vivid imagery and personification of complex histories."
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "Araghi's impactful debut follows the rise of a poet with magical powers that emerge during the Iranian revolution. At 10 years old, Ahmad Torkash-Vand lives in the village of Tajrish. His father, returned from the front lines of WWII after serving with a group of British-led volunteers, is overcome with despair over the country's future and fatally shoots himself, with help from his unwitting son. After his father's suicide, Ahmad becomes mute and turns to poetry. As tension in Iran mounts and the revolution unfolds, Ahmad's grandfather Khan, still living at an advanced age, cites a myth told decades earlier by Khan's grandfather about a kingdom of cats as a prophesy of the country's turmoil, and the omniscient narrator describes cats working behind the scenes to incite turmoil and even acting as snipers firing on government troops. Meanwhile, Ahmad, now in his 40s and estranged from his wife, writes a love poem so powerful that it burns through anything that it is written upon and becomes a tool for the revolutionaries. While certain cultural and historical references may be lost on readers not familiar with Persian history and mythology, the narrative of Ahmad's journey is engrossing. Araghi's skillful combination of revolutionary politics and magical realism will please fans of Alejo Carpentier. Agent: Alison Lewis, Zoƫ Pagnamenta Agency. (Apr.)"
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Additional Information
Subjects ordreq 01/13/20 xa
Publisher Brooklyn, NY :2020
Description 390 pages ; genealogical table ; 24 cm
ISBN 9781612198187
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