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The People with No Camel
     

The People with No Camel

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by Roya Movafegh
 

Based on a true story, The People With No Camel, weaves two journeys of freedom: A ten year old girl escapes Iran in 1981 with her family, due to the heavy persecutions they face as Baha'is, carrying nothing but three little handbags, new identities, their faith. The novel then takes a turn. The girl has become a woman, and the narrative shifts into parable.

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Based on a true story, The People With No Camel, weaves two journeys of freedom: A ten year old girl escapes Iran in 1981 with her family, due to the heavy persecutions they face as Baha'is, carrying nothing but three little handbags, new identities, their faith. The novel then takes a turn. The girl has become a woman, and the narrative shifts into parable. Infused with Persian mythical characters, the woman's quest to save her dying forest turns into her own spiritual journey - the search for ultimate freedom.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780578055459
Publisher:
The Writing Center
Publication date:
08/01/2010
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range:
15 Years

Meet the Author

Roya Movafegh is a multimedia artist. Her work explores the dynamics of assimilation as well as the multiple facets of cultural identity. In addition to her photo publication in Eileen William's Wishes in Black & White featured on Oprah, her work has also appeared in Them=Us: Photographic Journeys Across Our Cultural Boundaries. Born in Austria to Iranian parents, she and her family moved to Tehran in 1976 only to escape it five years later due to the persecutions they faced as Baha'is. From an early age, she learned what it meant to be a foreigner, a person on the run, a refugee, and an immigrant. After living in Germany, the United States, and Canada, she moved to Harlem, New York, in 1998, where she founded The Young Harlem Photographers, a photography workshop for children and youth, which won the New York Times award at the Art of Change Group Show.

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People with No Camel 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Erin19 More than 1 year ago
As an American Bahá'í I've heard many harrowing accounts of life as a Bahá'í in Iran. I've also learned some about the equally hair-raising escapes from that regime to countries that have provided precious freedom...makes you aware of the freedom we enjoy in the USA. This book tells it graphically from a child's viewpoint. I found it to be a gripping and charming tale well told and recommend it to adults as well as kids from 9 or 10 years up. It would be a good one to read aloud to the whole family.