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By Mehran Rafiei

ISBN-10: 1544206380

ISBN-13: 9781544206387

In 2006, Mehran Rafiei, a Persian Aussie, takes a solo vacation in New Zealand. His journey coincides with Nowruz, the Persian New yr, and conjures up a flood of cheerful thoughts of his formative years in Abadan within the Nineteen Fifties. As he excursions the well-known vacationer hotspots, he engages eagerly with fellow visitors and locals, sharing impressions and tales.
Every occasion and dialog triggers a reminiscence of his fatherland and he's made up our minds to trap his personal tale. His memoir is an insightful, deeply relocating and occasionally funny own account of the Iran he knew and was once compelled to escape.
Through his eyes, we see the Oil Nationalisation rebellion and consequent CIA-backed coup d’état which alterations the center East for ever. From his exile, Khomeini delivers justice, freedom, and unfastened public companies. The authoritarian Shah flees out of the country in January 1979, and weeks later, an alien creature is born: the Islamic Republic of Iran.
Overnight, merciless mullahs expand their grip on energy – and the crooks leap at the bandwagon. The kingdom suffers shortages, inflation, unemployment, unpredictable executions, and spiritual and racial discrimination.
The drawback intensifies while Iraq invades in1980. The Cultural Revolution disqualifies Mehran and his spouse from educating positions. Their rented flat in Shiraz is confiscated; a brand new neighbour strikes in: an anti-Saddam armed forces company. His domestic turns into an enticing aim for enemy sabotage, so he unearths shelter of their kin farm in Kazeroon. The political and ethical destruction of a kingdom is instructed warmly via human tales as households try and make the simplest of lifestyles – matchmaking, weddings, friendships, company offers – and braveness shines in the course of the worst moments.
Mehran’s particular tale of eventually getting a migration visa from the Australian Embassy in Tehran indicates extra gruesome realities of battle and the plight of asylum seekers – a narrative extra appropriate this present day than ever.

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