October 26, 2006

Books on Iran

Reading the following books these days..

1.      Marjane Satrapi's famous Persepolis and Persepolis 2. Done with the first one ...will start second one soon. 

Her third book, Embroideries, has also been on my to read list for some time now. Seems she also has a new book - here is a snapshot - Chicken with Plums, in which she tells ...
...the story of her great-uncle, Nasser Ali Khan, a musician overtaken by a sense of futility and emptiness over the loss of his tar. Though Nasser Ali Khan tries very hard, he cannot find another tar to replace his broken one. In despair, he takes to his bed, renouncing the world and all its pleasures. Over the course of eight days that follows, his family and close friends attempt to change his mind, but Nasser Ali Khan slips further and further into his own reveries, with unexpected appearance by Sophia Loren. Despite the minimalism of its approach, Chicken with Plums still packs quite a punch. 
I have linked to some other articles and interviews with Satrapi in an earlier post.
2.      The Iranians by Sandra Mackey - The book covers the history of Iran... my plan is to read from the early 20th century with the end of the Qajar dynasty till the current time. So far have read about the rise and fall of the first Pahlavi King, Reza Khan till the end of WW II.

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