An idealistic young man driven by nostalgia and romantic notions of the country he left as a child, Arash returns to Iran to start a new life and do his share to help rebuild the country. As he explores the streets of Tehran, he finds a society plagued by contradictions and confronts a disgruntled and cynical populace for whom the promises of the Revolution never materialized. With dwindling resources, yet still passionate about finding some way to make a difference to his people, he moves from hotels to dormitories, and finally, to the streets. Binding himself paralyzed in the face of a system he cannot change, he thinks up a way to pass on his message of rebellion, but in an ever vigilant society, this gesture of defiance comes to the attention of the authorities and leads to his imprisonment in the notorious Evin prison. In this moving and often disturbing novel, Naveed Noori paints a dark and foreboding picture of the harsh realities of life in the Islamic Republic.
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DAKHMEHUser Review - Jane Doe - Kirkus
From a pseudonymous Iranian exile, now living in the US: a first novel that's an eloquent indictment of authoritarian regimes—and yet is underpowered as narrative.While Arash, the protagonist, tells ... Read full review
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Intertwining a third-person narration with his protagonist's journal entries, the pseudonymous Noori tells the tale of an Iranian-born American named Arash who returns to spend the rest of his life in ... Read full review