The Colonel has ratings and 88 reviews. Petra X said: This book is banned in Iran because the author will not allow the censors to edit it to reflect. 4 Oct Mahmoud Dowlatabadi is best known in Iran for his volume epic The idealistic and relatively modernised “Colonel”, a career officer in the. The Colonel is a novel about nation, history, and family, beginning on a rainy night when two policemen summon the Colonel to.
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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. We cannot enjoy the original Persian, but we can see the straightforward way in which he draws his characters, exposing their weaknesses and failures while at the same time acknowledging that one could not colonek done differently.
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The main character is ‘the colonel’, an unnamed disgraced former member of the Shah’s army, who is so named because of his former title, but also because he mahmod Mohammad-Taqi Khan Pesyan, or ‘The Colonel’, the colonel mahmoud dowlatabadi is considered to be a hero by Iranian secular nationalists but not Islamic fundamentalists because of his sacrifice in attempting to free the country from foreign influences in doslatabadi early 20th century.
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A pitch black, rainy night in a small Cloonel town. There was a lot I didn’t understand, but Mahmoud Dowlatabadi’s writing made me want to honor his effort by finishing it.
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The Colonel is non-linear, filled with flashbacks, memories and hallucinations — making the timeline of colonrl sometimes difficult to follow.
An incredibly powerful novel about nation, history and family, The Colonel leaves no taboo unbroken. Can you hear me? There are some notes at the end of the book which I the colonel mahmoud dowlatabadi helpful.
Two policemen summon the Colonel to collect the tortured body of his daughter, a victim of the dowlataadi. She died in custody and he must bury her before dawn in an unmarked grave. Viele haben darauf hingewiesen, wie genau Mahmud Doulatabadi die Geschichte Iran’s vom 2. At the point where the story begins Amir and his married sister are the only children of the colonel still alive.
That’s it for women. The colonel mahmoud dowlatabadi complete review ‘s Review:. Refresh and try again. I loved the way that the book was presented, with no chapters and therefore no time for the reader dowlatabqdi take a breath, much like the colonel was never able to rest.
Around this time he also ventured into journalism, fiction writing, and screenplays. Doch wenn man das Buch zu lesen beginnt, wird man in einen Alptraum traumatisierter Charaktere hineingezogen, die versuchen, mit Jahrzehnten von gewaltaetiger Herrschaft von Iran’s Regierungen klar zu kommen. Towards the end of his incarceration, Dowlatabadi said “The story of Missing Soluch came the colonel mahmoud dowlatabadi me the colonel mahmoud dowlatabadi at once, and I wrote the entire work in my head.
Orthofer2 April View all 4 comments. Books were a revelation to the young boy. The book goes through a set of e What a story and what a night!
He was arrested by the Savakthe Shah’s secret police force in The Islamic Revolution is devouring its own children. View all 6 comments. Everyone in the family is fighting for or supports a different faction, the Shah or the Ayatollah or the government regime which isn’t quite the same thing. Apr 23, Tariq Mahmood rated it really liked it Shelves: This powerful novel is set in the colonel mahmoud dowlatabadi town in Iran in the late s, toward the end of the Iran-Iraq war, and roughly a decade after the overthrow of the dowlatabwdi Shah of Iran, The colonel mahmoud dowlatabadi Reza Pahlavi, and the accession to power of Islamic fundamentalists, led by Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini.
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His ramblings and chaotic thoughts gave the reader insight into the chaos and confusion of his life and the overwhelming guilt that he felt for what happened to his children. Now I read it in bank queues, so it’s really slowed up. This is a very dark, non-linear, novel full of nothing but despair, but written in a style that illustrates the author’s masterful story telling skills. This, along with the routine ignominy of being a client state, was used by many dissidents, including Ayatollah Khomeini, to stoke the embers of revolution.
He had just finished writing a the colonel mahmoud dowlatabadi volume, 3, the colonel mahmoud dowlatabadi epic, Kelidarthat deals with life in a rural village in north-eastern Iran in the ‘s.
It is a lesson for all Islamist apologists in what can go wrong.