Virtual Book Launch: The Immortals of Tehran by Ali Araghi in conversation with Arash Azizi

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About the Book:


As a child living in his family’s apple orchard, Ahmad Torkash-Vand treasures his great-great-great-great grandfather’s every mesmerizing word. On the day of his father’s death, Ahmad listens closely as the seemingly immortal elder tells him the tale of a centuries-old family curse . . . and the boy’s own fated role in the story.

Ahmad grows up to suspect that something must be interfering with his family, as he struggles to hold them together through decades of famine, loss, and political turmoil in Iran. As the world transforms around him, each turn of Ahmad’s life is a surprise: from street brawler, to father of two unusually gifted daughters; from radical poet, to politician with a target on his back. These lives, and the many unforgettable stories alongside his, converge and catch fire at the center of the Revolution.

Exploring the brutality of history while conjuring the astonishment of magical realism, The Immortals of Tehran is a novel about the incantatory power of words and the revolutionary sparks of love, family, and poetry—set against the indifferent, relentless march of time.

About the Author:

Ali Araghi is an Iranian writer and translator. He earned his MA in Ancient Cultures and Languages at the University of Tehran and has translated Samuel Beckett into Persian. After completing his MFA from the University of Notre Dame, he is currently working on his PhD in Comparative Literature, International Writers Track, at Washington University. He won the 2017 Prairie Schooner Virginia Faulkner Award for Excellence in Writing and has published stories and translations in Prairie SchoonerThe Fifth Wednesday JournalAsymptote, and Hayden’s Ferry Review, among others. He lives in St. Louis.

About the Moderator:

Arash Azizi is a writer, translator and scholar living in New York City. His writings and commentary on politics, history and cinema have appeared in numerous publications including the BBC, The Daily Beast, Jacobin, Al-Monitor, The Atlantic Council, the Toronto Star, Vanity Fair, The Washington Post, and Al-Jazeera. As a doctoral student in New York University, he researches the his- tory of transnational links that bound Iran and the Arab World to each other in the framework of the broader Global Cold War. About a dozen of his book-length translations have appeared in Iran and abroad.

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Monday, May 18, 2020 - 7:00pm
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The Immortals of Tehran By Ali Araghi Cover Image
ISBN: 9781612198187
Availability: Backordered
Published: Melville House - April 7th, 2020

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