Moving portrait of faith and war in Iran
The revolution of Iran is told through the experience of one religious family, who end up as divided and polarised as their native country. This has a real sense of place and time, and I felt like I was living in the beautiful house of the mosque with them. Though most of the characters are unmemorable, the main character, moderate Muslim Aqa Jaan, was very well-drawn and has stayed with me.
I’m grateful to have read it because I have more of a sense of the heartbeat of Iran: the legacy of the great Persian empire embracing and clashing with Islam and modern capitalism, and captures the grief of a passing civilisation. Charming, wistful, devastating – recommended.