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Noori, Naveed.
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First English language edition.
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[New Milford, Conn.] : Toby Press, [2003]

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189 pages ; 21 cm
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"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"

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Publisher's Weekly Review

An Iranian man whose family fled to America during the Iranian Revolution returns to his childhood home in this restrained but passionate novel by a first-time author writing under a pen name. Though Arash was just a boy when he came to the United States, he never felt comfortable there. His mother and sister beg him not to return to Iran, but when his mother dies, he buys a one-way ticket to Tehran. His dreamlike wanderings in the city and his musings on the problems of his fellow Iranians are recorded in a journal he keeps and also in a third-person narrative. This double-layered storytelling gives his otherwise bleak tale a gauzy, mythical aura. Upon his arrival in Tehran, he moves aimlessly about, losing himself in memories. He meets a woman and is with her for a while, but breaks things off when he decides that he is too unsettled to give her what she needs. He dreams of solving the country's problems, "having tasted freedom and knowing there was a better way," but is mocked when he speaks of his hopes for Iran. A modest, spontaneous gesture of revolt-he writes anti-regime messages on a succession of banknotes-lands him in prison, where he is tortured and suffers from tuberculosis. The investigator who tracks him down is a former revolutionary and feels a twisted sympathy for Arash. The muted ironies of Noori's tale are conveyed with delicacy and provide a sophisticated perspective on the plight of the Iranian people. (July) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

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 Iran years after the revolution of 1979. Following his arrest for a crime we do not discover until the end of the novel, Arash attempts to come to terms with the new Iran, which is very different from the one he remembers as a child. The mystery of Arash's crime creates a tension that keeps the reader engaged, as does Arash's stubborn endurance in the face of torture and the abhorrent conditions of an Iranian prison. Though the end feels a little contrived, the prose is unassuming and easy to read, and the book is well worth reading for its personal perspective on modern Iran. Recommended for all fiction collections.-Lyle D. Rosdahl, San Antonio P.L. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.