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The Colonel. by Mahmoud Dowlatabadi [Mahmud Dawlatabadi] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. It’s a pitch black, rainy night in a small. Mahmoud Dowlatabadi was born on August 1, in Bayhhaq, Sabzevar, Khorasan [now North Khorasan], Iran. He is a writer and actor, known for Khak. MAHMOUD DOWLATABADI is one of the Middle East’s most important writers of the last century. The author of numerous novels, plays and screenplays, he is a.

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Nov 12, Motahareh Nabavi rated it it was amazing.

The tank remains undamaged, but neither group has a hope of reaching it without being killed. While “The Thirst” familiarized me with Dowlatabadi’s immaculate prose and his ability to almost paradoxically bring to light erased political narratives by hiding them in his literature, “The Colonel” went even a step higher by piercing my heart with its bitter truths.

For me this book is a brilliant description of the psychological reactions of citizens living in a society which is ripped apart by revolution. Amazon Drive Cloud storage from Amazon.

Don’t have a Kindle? The main characters of this story, the colonel, Amir and Khezr are well presented and I could understand the reasons behind their actions. The story is tremendously popular among Iranians due to “its detailed portrayal of political and social upheaval.

Everything going on around us seems to indicate that the values our forebears passed down to us no long apply. Literary Mahmodu Military Fiction Category: There is nothing uplifting, humorous or even identifiable about this book. Withoutabox Submit to Film Festivals.

Learn more about Amazon Prime. Download our Spring Fiction Sampler Now. Read it Forward Read it first. Don’t women have a voice or is that as shrouded as their bodies? He describes the total confusion and uncertainty among family members and the general populace for years after the revolution when the political winds shifted to and fro.

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This dowlataabdi is banned in Iran because the author will not allow the censors to edit it to reflect their own partisan view of history.

Weltkrieg bis zur Revolution beschreibt aber der Autor selber moechte den Roman mehr von der literarischen Seite begutachtet haben. It isn’t decorative, it’s just words. Retrieved November 13, We learn the details of their deaths and, as the story unfolds, understand that they were sacrificed.

However, it remains in the hands of censors in Iran, as the author, who still lives in Teheran, continues to refuse to allow it to be edited to meet the demands of the current regime. And we just sit back and wait for them to be turned into rods to beat our own backs But no, this did not really provide the old man with an easy answer, either.

In AugustIran issued a commemorative postage stamp for writer Mahmoud Eowlatabadi. Born in in a remote farming region of Iran, the son of a shoemaker, his early life and teens were spent as an agricultural day laborer until he made his way to Tehran, where he started working in the theater and began writing plays, stories and novels. Amazon Inspire Digital Educational Resources.

Memories are storming in. Our “colonel” the central figure has several children who in different ways “swallowed” by revolution.

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Download our Spring Fiction Sampler Now. This is a story about “a colonel” who admires “The Colonel” who mahmkud a historic revolutionary figure in recent history of Iran who was killed by central government. ComiXology Thousands of Digital Comics. There was a lot I didn’t understand, but Mahmoud Dowlatabadi’s writing made me want to honor his effort by finishing it.

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That’s what he really wanted to tell his children. See all books by Mahmoud Dowlatabadi. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Today it is the official language of IranTajikistan and one of the two official languages of Afghanistan. What about us, the people who send these unformed lumps of soft putty out onto the street, where they fall into the arms of the first merchants of villainy they come across?


My comments don’t do justice to the complexity and richness of this superb and highly instructive novel about a country that is important to the Western world, but one that continues to be a worrisome enigma to most of us.

Discover Prime Book Box for Kids. He could even picture the outline of her bony shoulders through it. At its core this is a novel about betrayal and the madness it brings to all sides. It starts with the colonel being summoned from his house in the middle of a rainy night to collect the tortured body of his daughter from the secret police, and he is told to bury her before daybreak to avoid any kind of attention.

This shocking diatribe against the failures of the Iranian left over the last fifty years does not leave one taboo unbroken.

He and the two policemen proceed to the local mortuary to claim the body, as it must be washed and buried before the dawn call to prayers. Dowlatabadi is heralded as one of, if not the, greatest Iranian novelists, and The Colonel bears that out. Books were a revelation to the young boy.

The atmosphere in the novel, not the writing.

The individual stories merge in the manner of a tornado that forms and strengthens, as chaos and a foreboding sense of doom becomes ever present. Dow,atabadi go into more detail later on when I know if I am allowed to publish the review somewhere else as well because we were asked to write reviews by the publisher I think.