Remembering Akbar: Inside the Iranian Revolution by Behrooz GhamariRemembering Akbar: Inside the Iranian Revolution by Behrooz Ghamari

Remembering Akbar: Inside the Iranian Revolution

byBehrooz Ghamari

Paperback | November 25, 2016

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Set in the tumultuous aftermath of the Iranian revolution in 1979,Remembering Akbar weaves together the stories of a group of characters who share a crowded death row cell in Tehran's notorious Evin prison. A teeming world is evoked vividly through the relationships, memories, and inner lives of these political prisoners, many of whom were eventually executed.Told through a series of linked memories by the narrator, Akbar, whose striking candor is infused with a mordant sense of humor, the story takes the reader beyond mere political struggles and revelations, to a vibrant alternative history, written, as it were, by losers.The characters whose stories Akbar recounts are brought to life within the mundane rhythms of a bleak institution, in its simple pleasures as well as its frequent horrors, and in the unexpected connections that emerge between the world inside and a past before imprisonment.Rather than exalting the heroic, or choosing to focus merely on despair or redemption,Remembering Akbar reveals eloquently how life unfolds when death is starkly imminent. It is a deeply moving story of great camaraderie, biting humor, and soulful remembrance.
Behrooz Ghamari is Professor of History and Sociology at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. He is the author ofIslam and Dissent in Postrevolutionary Iran andFoucault in Iran: Islamic Revolution after the Enlightenment.
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Title:Remembering Akbar: Inside the Iranian RevolutionFormat:PaperbackDimensions:260 pages, 6.9 × 5 × 0.92 inPublished:November 25, 2016Publisher:CounterpointLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1944869034

ISBN - 13:9781944869038

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