- Hardcover: 264 pages
- Publisher: Mage Publishers; lst ed edition (February 1996)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0934211477
- ISBN-13: 978-0934211475
- Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 5.2 x 0.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 13.9 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,938,383 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Milani, an expatriate Iranian professor, has written an interesting memoir. The son of a prosperous family, Milani was sent overseas to be educated. He lived in Oakland, California, in the 1960s, where he listened to political sermons by Bobby Seale, participated in anti-Shah demonstrations, and studied Maoism. Returning to Iran in the 1970s, he taught at the National University until his anti-Shah activities led to his imprisonment. While in prison, he discovered that prisoners segregated themselves by ideology, the imprisoned religious opponents of the regime wanting no interaction with the imprisoned secular opponents-an ominous taste of what would come after the Islamic revolution. Freed before the revolution, Milani returned to teaching until the pressures exerted on freedom of thought by the Shi'ite clerics' regime became intolerable, and Milani fled Iran. A great deal of information about Iran is contained in this volume, from the Shi'ite clerics' obsession with hierarchy to Iranians' favorite conspiracy theories explaining the forces behind Iran's Islamic revolution. Recommended for public and academic libraries.
Robert J. Andrews, Duluth P.L., Minn.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.
"A consistently dramatic and moving memoir." -- The San Francisco Chronicle
"An exceptional, emotionally blooded memoir. . . . A breathtaking example of the quiet, selfless gorgeousness of the memorist's art. Milani offers classically ordered writing about character, place, and time. . . . The entire memoir is infused with the perversity, nightmarishness, and occasional strange sweetness of growing up amid religious rule and ritual. This is a tale on whose every word readers will hang." -- Kirkus Reviews
"Candid and revealing. . . . A wealth of insights into Iranian society and culture. Along the way Milani also makes acute observations about American society." -- Foreign Affairs
"Milani paints powerful portraits of life under siege. . . . An effective and powerful blend of the personal and political, Milani's memoirs try to create cohesion and meaning from his own fragmented past and Iran's recent tragic history." -- Vancouver Sun
"[Milani's] reflections on the Iranian revolution in particular, are very impressive." -- The Oregonian
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Thanks professor Milani for such an excellent recount of Irans turmoils on 70-90's.