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To keep the sun alive : a novel / Rabeah Ghaffari.

Ghaffari, Rabeah, (author.).

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The year is 1979. The Iranian Revolution is just around the corner. In the northeastern city of Naishapur, a family, including their friends and servants, ranging from young to old, reveal the personal behind the political, reminding us of the human lives that animate historical events.
Subject: Mothers > Iran > Fiction.
Iran > History > Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, 1941-1979 > Fiction.
Iran > Social conditions > 20th century > Fiction.
Genre: Historical fiction.
Domestic fiction.
Novels.

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To Keep the Sun Alive
To Keep the Sun Alive
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*Starred Review* Ghaffari's exciting debut is a family epic centered on several months in 1979. Each section begins in 2012 Paris, where an old man named Shazdehpoor sells calligraphy to tourists and cherishes what he has left of his native Iran. The following chapters move back in time to the lives of Shazdehpoor's family in 1979, at the beginning of the Iranian Revolution. The country is alive with the promise of change, which inspires Nasreen, who wants to escape the confining role she watched her mother occupy, and her love, Madjid, a university student who imagines the future Iran could have. Shazdehpoor's uncle, who is a retired judge, and his wife host the family for lunches in their orchard, while another uncle, a cleric, encourages the rise of religious fundamentalism. Ghaffari weaves each character's deep history into the novel, creating a very complete world. Her poetic prose relays deep and intimate emotion in a single line; its richness makes characters' joys and tragedies palpably felt by readers, too. This is a beautifully written story of a family's upheaval and its roots in their own history.--Laura Chanoux Copyright 2018 Booklist

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A family whose members hold varying loyalties shapes Ghaffari's evocative debut set during the Iranian Revolution. Akbar, a retired judge, and his wife, Bibi, invite their extended family for leisurely lunches at their orchard in Naishapur. Akbar's brother Habib is a mullah who's fond of his own voice and increasingly passionate about the need for religious cleansing. His widower nephew, Shazdehpoor, bristles at Iran's provincialism and yearns for the charms of Europe. His two sons reject their father's intent fastidiousness: Jamsheed through opium addiction and Madjid through his heady love affair with Nasreen. As tensions rise, the family focuses more on quotidian challenges: Bibi's friendship with an elderly midwife, the buried disappointments of marriage, servant Mirza's propensity for forbidden alcohol, and Bibi's adopted son Jafar's extreme fondness for the chickens they raise. When the revolution finally arrives, shocking, sudden violence sweeps up the family with tragic results. Ghaffari delves into her characters with sensitivity for their positions and differences. Readers will savor the emotional depth of one family's experience of the terrifying effects of religious fundamentalism and political instability. (Jan.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


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