An uncensored and unflinching tale of power, corruption and love, set against the roiling aftermath of the Islamic Revolution - the first in an unforgettable trilogy about everyday life in contemporary Tehran.
Fattah is middle-aged and unmarried. A former hospital janitor who became rich working as a torturer in Tehran's notorious Evin prison, he now moonlights as an uncertified backstreet doctor specializing in 'honor surgery' for unmarried young women. Fattah has nothing but contempt for these women: until the beautiful Shahrzad lands on his operating table, and soon he is dangerously infatuated.
Undeterred that she is promised to - and in love with- another man, the younger and less affluent Mostafa, Fattah sets out to win Shahrzad by any means. Robbed of his bride, the jilted and furious Mostafa launches a desperate plan to move her beyond his rival's reach.
In Amir Cheheltan's critically acclaimed and searing novel - his first to be translated into English - power and corruption in post-revolutionary Iran are exposed through the actions of two men who work to exploit the chaos and confusion for their own benefit. The result is a provocative tale of a divided society where religious devotion and cruelty often go hand in hand.
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About the Author
Dr Paul Sprachman teaches Persian at Rutgers University. He has worked and studied in Afghanistan and Iran. He is the translator of a number of works from Persian including Plagued by the West byJalan Al-e Ahmad, A Man of Many Worlds: The Diaries and Memoirs of Dr. Ghasem Ghani, Journey to Heading 270 Degrees, by Ahmad Dehqan, and Chess with the Doomsday Machine and A City under Siege by Habib Ahmadzadeh, He is also the author of Suppressed Persian: An Anthology of Forbidden Literaure, Language and Culture in Persian, and Licensed Fool: The Damnable, Foul-mouthed Obeyd-e Zakani.