The Colonel has ratings and 90 reviews. Petra X said: This book is banned in Iran because the author will not allow the censors to edit it to reflect. 1 Jul The Iranian writer Mahmoud Dowlatabadi’s book “The Colonel” has just been published in the United States even though it has not yet come. The Colonel is a novel about nation, history, and family, beginning on a rainy night when two policemen summon the Colonel to.

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Will go into more detail later on when I know if I dpwlatabadi allowed to publish the review somewhere else as well because we were asked to write reviews by the publisher I think.

He has also garnered praise internationally, with Kirkus Reviews calling The Colonel”A demanding and richly composed book by a novelist who stands apart. Weltkrieg bis zur Revolution beschreibt aber der Autor selber moechte den Roman mehr von der literarischen Seite begutachtet haben. May 08, Pages. Recent Related Posts Under the radar, another long-awaited ebook becomes available Return to Book Page. What a dark, tough read.

Everything going on around us seems to indicate that the values our forebears passed down to us no longer apply. But unlike countless governments seem to believe, dowlataadi idea never dies with the body. At least majmoud of you should look out for himself. The Colonel is not a platform through which Dowlatabadi explicitly tells his Iranian readers about their tumultuous history. Everything going on around us ths to indicate that the values our forebears passed down to us no long apply.

I believe one can find many fathers mothers in Iran who experienced dwlatabadi same sad story as the colonel in the few years after Iran’s revolution. See all books by Mahmoud Dowlatabadi.

Mahmoud Dowlatabadi

Bythe revolutionaries could point to an entire century of humiliation. It is used repeatedly in the text, as the characters find it applies to them. It is written from the perspectives of two Iraqi and Iranian writers. Dieses “klarkommen” wird in der Leseerfahrung wieder gespiegelt, da die Erzaehlperspektive zwischen dem Colonel, seinem Sohn Amir, der von der Geheimpolizei des Shah Doalatabadi gefoltert wurde, und einem Erzaehler wechselt.


There is a note at the back of the book that helped me get a grip on the darkness.

Yet within this near-constant evisceration of post-revolutionary Iran, Dowlatabadi maintains hope for the future, an optimism which finds its most consistent and potent expression in the ellipses dotting nearly every page. Safarnameh Sistan, a documentary which was made by Ali Zare Ghanat Nowi inabout a trip to Sistan and meeting Balochi ethnics, illustrating the very hard coponel of people living there, giving information about their life style in such a dry area, is a free collnel from Meet the Baloch People by Mahmoud Dowlatabadi.

Two children remain, but the eldest son is sunk in an unresponsive nihilism as a result of the failure of the Communist faction he supported, and his daughter Farzaneh is married to an opportunist who shifts his allegiances with the changing political leadership. Charles Shafaieh is a freelance journalist specializing in cultural criticism.

This, along with the routine ignominy of being a client state, was used by many dissidents, including Ayatollah Khomeini, to stoke the embers of revolution.

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Could they really be coming…for him? Unbound Worlds Exploring the science fiction and fantasy universe. Trivia About The Colonel. Dowlatabadi draws a detailed, realist picture of Iranian life, especially that of the rural poor, in language that is complex and lyrical, rather than simplistic.

Though the idea for the novel first came to Dowlatabadi in prison, its origins trace back to his childhood. The Colonel by Mahmoud Dowlatabadi. The main character is ‘the colonel’, an unnamed disgraced former member of the Shah’s army, who is so named because of his former title, but also because he reveres Mohammad-Taqi Khan Pesyan, or ‘The Colonel’, who is c This powerful novel is set in a town in Iran in the late s, toward the end of the Iran-Iraq war, and roughly a decade after the overthrow of the last Shah of Iran, Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, and the accession to power of Islamic fundamentalists, led by Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini.


It shows how we are trapped in history and there is no get away from it.

He spent the rest of his life under permanent house arrest. I have been lucky as I have a few Iranians in my study group who have guided me through its confusing parables and historical contexts.

Instead, we have sown the seeds of mistrust, scepticism and resignation, which will grow into a jungle of nihilism and cynicism, a jungle in which you will never find the courage to even mention the names of goodness, truth and common humanity, a corp that is now bearing fruit with remarkable speed.

This is a difficult and complicated force dowlatabadj has no right dowlatabaxi wrong but it te very real palpable and real entity, which we all experience on almost a daily basis. The reader also has to make sense of characters mahoud up from the colonel’s and Iran’s past his wife, The Colonel, a foreign ambassador We meet the other three in flashbacks.

This evolutionary ability to strive to be normal represents the spirits quest for survival. Four years later, The Colonel emerged in a similar, though more distressing, manner. Iran seems to have been a very sad place to live during the revolution. It’s the portrayal of human nature at its most vulnerable state. Kelidar is a saga about a Kurdish nomadic family that spans 10 books and 3, pages.

Perhaps the government cplonel fear the silent and unstoppable content of these marks far more than any words surrounding them? He said in an interview “whenever I was done with work and wasn’t preoccupied with finding food and so on, I would sit down and just write”. The catalyst which sets the story into motion is a knock on the door in the middle of the night.

Immediately after prison, he penned Missing Soluchwhich he says came to him all mamhoud once during his incarceration.