The Gaze of the Gazelle: The Story of a Generation Hardcover – 19 Jul 2011
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“This important and life-affirming memoir is a must read for all who share that dream and seek to discover a country beyond the headlines and the hysteria that surrounds the Iranian bomb.”—Paulo Coelho, from the Foreword
"This important and life-affirming memoir is a must read for all who share that dream and seek to discover a country beyond the headlines and the hysteria that surrounds the Iranian bomb."--Paulo Coelho, from the Foreword
This important and life-affirming memoir is a must read for all who share that dream and seek to discover a country beyond the headlines and the hysteria that surrounds the Iranian bomb. Paulo Coelho, from the Foreword
About the Author
Arash Hejazi is an Iranian editor, translator, novelist, and journalist. He co-founded the independent publishing house Caravan Books in Tehran, where he is editorial director. His books include The Grief of the Moon and the award-winning The Princess of the Land of Eternity.
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Insightful and heart breaking book about Iran's history and the life of a courageous man whom believes in freedom in a very restrictive society.
I would highly recommend.
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And unless we find the courage that this Iranian author/publisher/doctor has demonstrated - living the heroic myth of his namesake and paying with the loss of the homeland he loves - more generations will live under the shadow of violence, suppression, fear, and death. If that can happen in Iran, it can happen anywhere. Despite superficial differences (the US president of the moment is anything but religious, though seeking the power of a god), the parallels between Iran's fundamentalist regime and current developments in the USA are blatant and chilling.
Beyond the rich Persian legacy of myth, poetry, art, and culture that are familiar to most "westerners," and beyond the news headlines I rarely pay attention to because they seem too far removed from my reality to be believable; I previously knew virtually nothing about the day to day lives of Iranians from the 1960's to the present day. I didn't even know any reason to want to find out. This book changed all that. There, but for the accident of birthplace go I, go any of us! And faced with the choices this young Iranian confronted, would I or any of us who take freedom for granted, have the conscience or courage to put our lives on the line for the ideals of justice and freedom that we are so used to that we hardly even think about them?
Honestly and beautifully written, this memoir of one young man and a whole generation reaches out and grabs the reader by the heart and the mind. Strongly recommended for an unforgettable reading experience, and a powerful antidote to complacency!