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Martyrdom Street Paperback – May 21, 2010
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Intrusion: A Novel
A loving couple, grieving the loss of their son, finds their marriage in free fall when a beautiful, long-lost acquaintance inserts herself into their lives. Learn More
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The plot takes place after the Iran-Iraq War, not during, but there are flashbacks to those years. The book is rich in imagery, and it’s one of the real strengths of the book. The creative narrative structure allows you to get different perspectives on the lives of Iranians and Iranian-Americans. Internet was definitely in existence and in use at that time. As an accomplished Iranian-American historian and novelist, Kashani-Sabet is in a unique position write about intertwined lives of Iranians on either side of the Atlantic.
In response to reviewers seeking anachronisms in a work of fiction, the chronology is sometime in the mid/late 1990s to early 2000s. In the section where the IPod and Internet are mentioned, there is a clear passage of time when Nasrin returns to Iran, and these references make the passage of time clear as does the introduction of section by the new cluster heading, “Faces of Parsa." Reviewers should really read a work carefully before posting their comments. I enjoyed it immensely and highly recommend it.
The novel takes place twelve years after the revolution. Fatemeh travels to New York City, where Nasrin and Yasaman live, to attend her daughter's engagement party to Hamid. The intertwining narratives of the three women weave a picture of lives impacted by politics and war both within Iran and in the Iranian diaspora in the United States.
As their stories unfold we learn that in the first days of the revolution ten year-old Yasaman's father was assassinated in front of her, a trauma she continues to struggle with. Fearful of further attacks, her mother makes immediate arrangements for them to go into exile. When Nasrin's liberal school is replaced by one which indoctrinates students in revolutionary politics and religion, her university professor father and Fatemeh decide to send her out of the country.
Distance has altered the relationship between mother and daughter. Fatemeh does not tell Nasrin that in the war, an explosion injured Fatemeh nor that Nasrin's father has taken a second wife and has a son. Likewise, Nasrin and Yasaman's lives in New York no longer conform to the social mores in Iran. The picture of an exile community looking for vindication by the reinstatement of the Shah and the necessity of living within the American culture is vividly portrayed through Nasrin's and Yasaman's experiences.
The structure of the novel itself renders a picture of lives shattered by cataclysmic political events beyond the control of the individual. Each woman narrates her own story in mosaic fashion.Read more ›
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Mediocre, needs editing.
The book is set in 1980-1993.
In the earlier chapters of the book, it mentions a rally, and how its change in location was posted on... Read more
I enjoyed this complex and evocative novel. I came across it by chance, and it was well worth the read. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Mark My Words