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- DescriptionAll memoirs bring the past into the present, but only a few manage to illuminate both simultaneously. This quietly insightful masterpiece of remembrance belongs in that select group. Heydar Radjavi's evocations of growing up in Tabriz in the 1930s and 1940s describe a traditionalist Iran grappling with modernity, a process as fraught with contradictions and stresses then as it is in Iran today. In a series of mini-tales, we meet a rich cast of characters: the elderly father who works in the Tabriz bazaar and runs his household according to unbending religious precepts; the resourceful mother who finds ways to enjoy such forbidden frivolities as music; the female playmate who marries at the age of nine; the teacher whose personal journey takes him from strictest piety to political radicalism; and, many more. Finding a path through all the complexities is Radjavi himself - a wide-eyed little boy in some episodes, an adventurous teenager in others, and finally a young man preparing to enter a fast-changing world. The tone is always light, the memories wonderfully vivid, and the underlying theme of tension between old and new truly timeless.
- Author(s)Heydar Radjavi
- PublisherMage Publishers
- Date of Publication16/05/2011
- SubjectRegional History
- Place of PublicationWashington
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintMage Publishers
- Weight368 g
- Width210 mm
- Height135 mm
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