The Colonel has ratings and 90 reviews. Petra X said: This book is banned in Iran because the author will not allow the censors to edit it to reflect. 1 Jul The Iranian writer Mahmoud Dowlatabadi’s book “The Colonel” has just been published in the United States even though it has not yet come. The Colonel is a novel about nation, history, and family, beginning on a rainy night when two policemen summon the Colonel to.

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The reason that I prefer the original Persian text is the delicacy of word choices. I like the style of story telling of this book and could connect with the characters in the story specially Amir and the colonel.

What else keeps a nation alive? Dowlatabadi worked there for a year before he could attend theatre classes. Dowlatabadi has once again rendered me speechless, but I colonep use the few words I can summon to describe this piece. Some passages in the book are incredibly disturbing to read.

Over the course of colohel single day ina retired Colonel, maddened by age and grief, buries his youngest daughter in an unmarked grave and attends the public funeral of his youngest son.

The Colonel

Nobody dares to speak the truth any more. The original Persian title refers to the concept of ‘besmel’ explained in a footnote as: The book is unremittingly depressing. Against the indignity of living under the new Islamic state, and the facile half-life of getting and spending, he makes the case for suicide.

Dieses “klarkommen” wird in der Leseerfahrung wieder gespiegelt, da die Erzaehlperspektive zwischen dem Colonel, seinem Sohn Amir, der von der Geheimpolizei des Shah Regimes gefoltert wurde, und einem Erzaehler wechselt.


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Oh, my poor children One daughter killed in her early teens. The talent of Dowlatabadi is to give both the nightmare of history and the pleasure of the text: Mahmoud Dowlatabadi Mahmoud Dowlatabadi. The Colonel by Mahmoud Dowlatabadi.

View all 6 comments. Ich werde Euch auf dem Laufenden halten, was ich darueber denke. Despite all this, her eyes were beautiful. It relates the story of a man, a military man of discipline and principles, who appears torn asunder by the change sweeping his country and his family in light of the revolution against the Shah which was the end of a 2,year history of monarchies.

The spirit deludes itself, with lies and justifications in order to keep on living.

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He “examines the complexities and moral ambiguities of the experience of the poor and forgotten, mixing the brutality of that world with the lyricism of the Persian language,” said Kamran Rastegar, a translator mahmouud Dowlatabadi’s work. What should I have done? There is nothing uplifting, humorous colondl even identifiable about this book.

Fuer mich zeigt dieses Buch eine grossartige Beschreibung der psychologischen Reaktionen von Buergern, die in einer Gesellschaft leben, die von Revolution zerstoert wurde.

Although deeply set, her gaze had a certain brilliance.

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Feb 06, Literary Review The rated it it was amazing. To ask other readers questions about The Colonelplease sign up. The only reason I gave 4 stars to this absolute masterpiece was because a lot of context is needed before the book can be fully enjoyed.

And so numerous traumas, past as much as present, experienced by the Iranian people emanate from every page and in turn make the work itself traumatic: The footnotes are too vague and sometimes in-accurate. Trivia About The Colonel. See all books by Mahmoud Dowlatabadi. Teh to say, the imagery and allusions of this novel with stay with me, or rather, haunt me, for a long time to come.


Kelidar is a saga about a Kurdish nomadic family that spans 10 books and 3, pages. Each of his children belongs to, and represents, a different political movement: He follows them, and receives tragic news: He describes the guilt and desperation of educated and serious patriots who no longer believed in god or goodness as a result of what they have seen and how their understanding of their most basic rights as humans felt violated.

The torturer who is not a family member, has no allegiance, he just tortures for whichever side will employ his services. He served in the military under the Shah. The colonel is summoned to collect the body of his fourteen year old daughter, Parvaneh, from the police station.

What happens to Colonel and his kids is no stranger to Iranians. As the revolution got underway, the political choices of young Iranians—as well as the trajectory of the new Iran—were always going to involve various kinds of nationalism.

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Mahmoud Dowlatabadi is an Iranian writer and actor, known for his promotion of social and artistic freedom in contemporary Iran and his realist depictions of rural life, drawn from personal experience.