Thirst

Thirst

Book - 2014
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"Dowlatabadi draws a detailed, realist picture of Iranian life . . . in language that is complex and lyrical." -- The Financial Times

In the midst of the Iran-Iraq War, an Iraqi journalist is given a tour of a military prison. The Major in charge of the camp informs the writer of what is expected: he is to write a fabricated report about a murder that has occurred in the camp, with the aim of demoralizing Iranian soldiers.

Reluctant to write the report, the writer spends a long night talking and drinking with the Major and detailing a work of fiction he is composing about a group of soldiers trapped on a hill, dying of thirst as they battle for a water tank with a group of enemy soldiers perched on the opposite hill. The tank remains undamaged, but neither group has a hope of reaching it without being killed.

In a narrative riddled with surreal images, shifting perspectives, and dark humor, Mahmoud Dowlatabadi--widely acknowledged as the most important living Iranian writer--offers a kaleidoscopic portrait of the warring countries as he questions the meaning of national identity and does something that has been nearly impossible to do in Iran for the last century: tell a true story.
Publisher: Brooklyn, New York : Melville House Publishing, c2014
ISBN: 9781612193007
1612193005
Branch Call Number: DOW
Characteristics: 151 p. ;,21 cm
Additional Contributors: Weir, Martin, E.

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