BookBrowse Reviews Moon Brow by Sara Khalili, Shahriar Mandanipour

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Moon Brow by Sara Khalili, Shahriar Mandanipour X
Moon Brow by Sara Khalili, Shahriar Mandanipour
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A fantastically imaginative love story narrated by two angel scribes perched on the shoulders of a shell-shocked Iranian soldier searching for the mysterious woman who visits his dreams.

In recent years, we have all heard talk—perhaps too much talk—of the Great American Novel. With an exuberance to match the country's great size and influence, American authors and readers have been chasing the elusive beast for centuries. But perhaps in the coffee shops and libraries of Iran, a whole society of book-lovers is doing the same thing, whispering in expectant tones about its own national literary monoliths. Where, they might ask, is the Great Persian Novel? They may have found it in the form of Shahriar Mandanipour's Moon Brow, a big, vibrant, boisterous tale of love and madness set during the Islamic Revolution and its aftermath. It is a story for the ages, and its hero, the ill-fated and deeply neurotic Amir Yamini, who loses his heart to a mysterious woman (the Moon Brow of the title) and his arm in the Iran-Iraq War, might just take his place at the ...

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