- Hardcover: 224 pages
- Publisher: Oneworld Publications (6 Mar 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1851689842
- ISBN-13: 978-1851689842
- Product Dimensions: 21.8 x 14 x 2.5 cm
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 925,334 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
‘A classic of world literature.’
(Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung)
‘A vivid, exciting and nuanced portrait of post-revolutionary Tehran.’
‘Rarely has a novel so exposed the moral erosion of Iran. The example of two henchmen of the mullahs’ regime vying for the same woman, the beautiful Shahrzad, depicts what remains of the ideals of the Islamic revolution of 1979: fear, bigotry, and pure violence.’
Amir Cheheltan was born in 1956 in Tehran and has published eight novels, five volumes of short stories and a screenplay. Due to censorship, his first novel, The Mourning of Qassem, was only published in 2003, twenty years after it was written, and many of his novels have had to undergo revisions. Cheheltan supervises the creative writing workshop at the Karnameh Culture Centre in Tehran, and writes feature articles for international papers such as Frankfurter Allgemeine and Süddeutsche Zeitung.
Paul Sprachman teaches Persian at Rutgers University. He has worked and studied in Afghanistan and Iran and is the translator of a number of works from Persian.