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Thirst: A Novel of the Iran-Iraq War
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Thirst: A Novel of the Iran-Iraq War (Paperback)

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During the Iran-Iraq war of the 1980s, an Iraqi journalist is given a tour of a military prison. He is informed by the major in charge about what is expected of him: he is to write a fabricated report about a murder that has occurred in the camp, in order to demoralise the enemy soldiers. The journalist is unwilling to write this story. In a long night of intense discussion at his home, he speaks to the major of a historic conflict between the two countries and tells him that he is writing a novel about a group of soldiers trapped on a hill, dying of thirst as they compete for a water tank with a group of enemy soldiers on the opposite hill. So far the water tank has remained undamaged at the bottom of a rift between the hills, but neither group has a hope of reaching it without being shot by the other. Delirious, the soldiers await their end: either being saved by a fabled female lion who feeds her milk to all who are thirsty, or morphing into doves once they are martyred. At the same time, in Iran, another writer remembers how he first came into contact with a gun...In a narrative riddled with surreal images, shifting perspectives and dark humour, Dowlatabadi blurs the boundaries between the two warring countries as he questions the meaning of national identity when confronted with time and human suffering.

Fiction & PoetryFiction in translationFiction & PoetryModern & contemporary fiction post c 1945 Publisher: Haus Publishing Publication Date: 01/06/2014 ISBN-13: 9781908323392  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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Mahmoud Dowlatabadi is one of the most prominent Iranian novelist of his generation. His novels include Kelidar (1999), Soluk (2005), Missing Soluch (1979) and The Colonel, which was shortlisted for the Man Asian Literary Prize in 2011.

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