Rooftops of Tehran: A Novel Mahbod Seraji

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Rooftops of Tehran: A Novel  by  Mahbod Seraji

Rooftops of Tehran: A Novel by Mahbod Seraji
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In a middle-class neighborhood of Iran’s sprawling capital city, 17-year-old Pasha Shahed spends the summer of 1973 on his rooftop with his best friend Ahmed, dreaming about the future and asking burning questions about life. Pasha is also wrestlingMore In a middle-class neighborhood of Iran’s sprawling capital city, 17-year-old Pasha Shahed spends the summer of 1973 on his rooftop with his best friend Ahmed, dreaming about the future and asking burning questions about life.

Pasha is also wrestling with a crushing secret: he has fallen in love with his beautiful neighbor, Zari, who has been betrothed since birth to another man. Despite Pasha’s guilt for loving her, the long, hot days transform their tentative friendship into a rich, emotional bond. The bliss of one perfect, stolen summer is abruptly shattered in a single night when Pasha unwittingly guides the Shah’s secret police to their target: Zari’s intended.

The violent consequences awaken Pasha and his friends to the reality of life under the rule of a powerful despot, and lead Zari to make a shocking choice from which Pasha may never recover. In poignant, breathtaking prose, Mahbod Seraji’s stunning debut novel lays bare the beauty and brutality infused into the centuries-old Persian culture, while reaffirming the human experiences we all share: laughter, tears, love, helplessness and above all, hope.Captivating...

[Serajis] novel is very cinematic, not only in how it portrays the close-knit neighborhood of the main characters... but also in the way the story builds momentum... at its core, the novel is a compelling coming-of-age story. —San Francisco Chronicle- May 2009...charmingly romantic. Seraji captures the thoughts and emotions of a young boy and creates a moving portrait of the history and customs of the Persians and life in Iran.Publishers Weekly March 2009Seraji’s wonderful coming-of-age story is at times funny and sweet as well as thought-provoking and heart-wrenching.Booklist April 2009Refreshingly filled with love rather than sex, this coming-of-age novel examines the human cost of political repression.Kirkus May 2009A captivating read.Gail TsukiyamaThe Samurais Garden“Repression and revolution provide the background for a deeply felt love story that gives outsiders a rare look inside modern Iran.

This is a gripping account of a nations violent lurch from one kind of tyranny to another, and also a delicately insightful portrait of how ordinary people react when their worlds suddenly collapse. At a time when we urgently need to know more about Iranians, Rooftops of Tehran introduces both the complexity of their political history and the richness of their emotional lives.”--Stephen Kinzer, author of All the Shahs Men: An American Coup and the Roots of Middle East TerrorSeraji is a striking new talent.Sandra DallasPrayers for SaleAn ambitious first novel—full of humor, originality, and meaning.”John ShorsBeneath a Marble SkyMr.

Seraji has done a tremendous job in developing the characters in this novel....His descriptions of simple friendships of youth and pure unadulterated love are simply magnificent.Nasim BagheriIranian.com….a gripping tale of love that transcends boundaries and cultures.Nahid Mozaffari,Strange Times, My DearRooftops of Tehran combines a coming of age love story with a compelling tale of struggle against dictatorship. This will make a great movie.Reese ErlichThe Iran Agenda: The Real Story of US Policy and the Middle East CrisisRooftops of Tehran takes an uncommon and refreshing view of Iran in modern American fiction...

and also reveals how an American immigrant is born out of a young foreigners desperation for self-determination and social freedom.Susanne PariThe Fortune Catcher



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