Book reviews

Reconciling histories

Originally published in German in 2016 at the height of the refugee crisis, Pierre Jarawanʹs debut novel deftly captures the multi-layered existence of those who are forced to leave their homeland. Newly available in English, “The Storyteller” is a moving tale of the quest for personal identity. Richard Marcus read the book. The story is …

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History of a revolution

Amir Hassan Cheheltan has spent years publishing articles and novels in German. His latest book “The Steadfast Parrot” has also been published first in German. Though the author himself lives in Tehran, the question remains as to whether it can be released in Iran. By Volker Kaminski In Cheheltanʹs new book, subtitled “Memories of Iran …

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“What kind of system are we trying to pass on?”

In her debut novel “A Place for Us” about an Indian-American Muslim family, Fatima Farheen Mirza conveys a universal and unique story, revealing the generation gap between the parents and their three children. In conversation with Schayan Riaz, the author talks about the lack of Muslim characters in fiction and moving out to become a …

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