- Paperback: 316 pages
- Publisher: Allium Press (April 15, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0983193819
- ISBN-13: 978-0983193814
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (131 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,971,897 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A Bitter Veil Paperback – April 15, 2012
"Hellmann crafts a tragically beautiful story... both subtle and vibrant... never sacrificing the quality of her storytelling. Instead, the message drives the psychological and emotional conflict painting a bleak and heart wrenching tale that will stick with the reader long after they finish the book."
From the Author
This is a work of fiction. Several years ago when I was casting around for a new novel to write, I was chatting with another author about the themes I wanted to explore--I am drawn to stories about women whose choices have been taken away from them. How do they react? Do they simply surrender? Become victims? Or can some survive, even triumph over their travails? As we talked, I remember becoming captivated by a personal story told to me some years before. It contained elements of what I thought would be a great tale: young lovers who become ensnared by history, family complications, and the inherent conflict of a political and cultural revolution that turned some people into heroes, others into cowards. I imagined writing about the journey of a brave young woman confronted with almost insurmountable obstacles. The only problem was that there was no crime involved, and I write crime fiction. When I said that to my author friend, he looked at me as if I was a little strange, and said, "It's fiction. Find one."
I took his advice.
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Aside from the melodrama, the book offers a descriptive illustration of the turmoil in Iran during the Khomeini takeover. However, the author left unanswered questions at the story’s end.
The retelling of the story is a circular one that starts out with Anna being told of and arrested for the murder of her husband, and then we follow the progress of the three years leading up to and beyond that point. It is a very effective way of setting the tone of fear and oppression that follows through much of the rest of the text, at least once Anna arrives in Iran with her new, Iranian husband.
Hellmann makes extremely good use of sensual images, of heat, of noise and colour for example that the reader can easily relate to, and an extremely realistic depiction of culture shock all help to further immerse the reader into Anna's plight and adds to the 'edge of the seat' enjoyment of the novel. Even though the characters are perhaps exaggerated a little, it does not seem to at all detract from the emotional investment a reader develops for the character. Rather it serves to highlight the differences and extremes of religious and political beliefs that exist and which can have such a devastating effect on a place and her people, as well as on individuals, and to keep readers turning pages from beginning to end.
For Anna, moving to Iran is a heady but nerve wracking experience.The vast differences in culture overwhelm her at times. But Nouri's family is welcoming and she finds the family she feels she has been denied in her own childhood.
Nouri, returning to the bosom of his family,is confident that he will grow and prosper with Anna at his side. Even though he has given lip service to the need for change in Iranian society,he naively believes that his cultured,wealthy way of life will not be affected.
The warning signs at first are subtle and easy for the couple to ignore.But the winds of change quickly escalate into the chaos that tornadoes bring.And there is no turning back.What was once would never be again.
I could not stop reading this book. I understand that Ms. Hellman writes crime fiction, but I read this as historical fiction. And while I have lived through this time,I learned a lot about Iran's history and culture.Looking back at myself during that time, I realize now what a narrow view I had of this country back then.
For those that remember this time, it is a fresh look back. For those too young to remember, it is a history lesson. And for all it is a vision of what happens when religion and politics mix.
Impressive too were the characters of Anna and Nouri. She who so much wanted to have a strong, solid family and he an ambitious young man who wanted to put his mark on the world. Two enraptured lovers seeking their happily ever after. Alas...well you'll just have to read it for yourself!