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Farewell Shiraz: An Iranian Memoir of Revolution and Exile
 

Farewell Shiraz: An Iranian Memoir of Revolution and Exile (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

By Kadivar, Cyrus

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In October 1999 during a trip to Cairo, Cyrus Kadivar, an exiled Iranian living in London, visited the tomb of the last shah and opened a Pandora's box. Haunted by nostalgia for a bygone era, he recalled a protected and idyllic childhood in the fabled city of Shiraz and his comin... read full description below.

ISBN 9789774169328
Barcode 9789774169328
Published 20 August 2019 by Misc - United Book Distributor
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
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ISBN-13 9789774169328
ISBN-10 9774169328
Stock Available
Status Internationally sourced on backorder; allow 4-8 weeks
Publisher Misc - United Book Distributor
Imprint The American University in Cairo Press
Publication Date 20 August 2019
Publication Country Egypt Egypt
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
Author(s) By Kadivar, Cyrus
Category Biography & Autobiography
Biography & Autobiography: Historical, Political & Military
Revolutions & Coups
Number of Pages 440
Dimensions Width: 150mm
Height: 230mm
Spine: 25mm
Weight 590g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
NBS Text Biography: Historical, Political & Military
ONIX Text General/trade
Dewey Code 955.054092
Catalogue Code Not specified

Description of this Book

In October 1999 during a trip to Cairo, Cyrus Kadivar, an exiled Iranian living in London, visited the tomb of the last shah and opened a Pandora's box. Haunted by nostalgia for a bygone era, he recalled a protected and idyllic childhood in the fabled city of Shiraz and his coming of age during the 1979 Iranian revolution. Back in London, he reflected on what had happened to him and his family after their uprooting and decided to conduct his own investigation into why he lost his country. He spent the next ten years seeking out witnesses who would shed light on the last days of Pahlavi rule. Among those he met were a former empress, ex-courtiers, disaffected revolutionaries, and the bereaved relatives of those who perished in the cataclysm. In Farewell Shiraz, Kadivar tells the story of his family and childhood against the tumultuous backdrop of twentieth-century Iran, from the 1905-1907 Constitutional Revolution to the fall of Mohammad Reza Shah Pahlavi, before presenting accounts of his meetings with key witnesses to the Shah's fall and the rise of Khomeini. Each of the people interviewed provides a richly detailed picture of the momentous events that took place and the human drama behind them. Combining exquisite vignettes with rare testimonials and first-hand interviews, Farewell Shiraz draws us into a sweeping yet often intimate account of a vanished world and offers a compelling investigation into a political earthquake whose reverberations still live with us today.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

UK Review Bertrams Star Rating: 1 stars (out of 5)

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Author's Bio

Cyrus Kadivar was born in Minnesota to Iranian-French parents. He grew up during the Shah's reign in the Persian city of Shiraz. At sixteen he and his family were uprooted by the 1979 revolution. He has since worked as a banker, freelance journalist, and political risk consultant and lives in London.

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