Raha, an architecture student at Tehran University who lives uptown with her liberal parents, is arrested in the protests following the fraudulent presidential elections of 2009. While in prison, she is the victim of extreme violence. A vibrant and strong-willed young woman, she decides after her release to seek justice, a difficult proposition in a country where the ruleRaha, an architecture student at Tehran University who lives uptown with her liberal parents, is arrested in the protests following the fraudulent presidential elections of 2009. While in prison, she is the victim of extreme violence. A vibrant and strong-willed young woman, she decides after her release to seek justice, a difficult proposition in a country where the rule of law is arbitrary at best, where women don’t count for much, and where conservative Islamic factions, despite being at each others’ throats, will present a united front where the survival of the regime is at stake Beyond describing Raha’s terrible ordeal and her fight, against all odds, to obtain redress, the novel places the story in the context of a fascinating and complicated country and offers deep insights into the Iranian psyche. At the core of the novel is the moving relation that develops between Raha who belongs to a well-to-do family from the rich suburbs of Northern Tehran and Hossein, a sepahi (or Revolutionary Guard), from one the poorer neighborhoods, and how they overcome their completely different backgrounds to touch each other’s lives in a way neither will ever forget....
|Title||:||Azadi, Protest in the Streets of Tehran|
|Number of Pages||:||356 Pages|
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Azadi, Protest in the Streets of Tehran Reviews
Set in Tehran just after the contested Iranian elections of June 2009, the story centers on Raha, a female college student and anti-government activist from a secular, well-to-do family in north Tehran. Several other first-person voices also narrate the dramatic events, including a devout Muslim member of the Revolutionary Guard named Hossein, Raha’s fiancé Kian and both their mothers, and Gita, an Iranian ex-pat visiting from the United States. Raha and Kian and their friends become caught up in the massive demonstrations against the declared Ahmadinejad electoral victory. They become involved with Hossein by chance; normally, the reader is told, the college students and the lower-class Sepah would not meet socially. No spoilers here, but Raha’s activism leads to some very difficult and painful experiences for her and her family.The multiple first-person narrators, especially the inclusion of Hossein, create a compelling tapestry of voices and opinions that give the novel a many-layered and complex texture. This is a big story on a large canvas; there is nothing simple or easy about the events or the human responses. The different ages and backgrounds of these narrators allow issues of class, of religion, of culture and gender, to be explored organically, with very few didactic moments. Early in the novel, short chapters move the story quickly; when the pace slows down in the second half of the book, I was already deeply involved with these characters and wanted the more reflective periods. I wished that the narrative voices varied more in syntax and diction, but it did not significantly interfere with my involvement in the characters or their story.Before reading this novel, I knew little about Iran beyond the headlines. Pakravan does a superb job of feathering information about Iranian history, culture, language and conflicts into the story, only very rarely succumbing to the authorial impulse to tell the reader too much. Instead, the competing passions of the characters invite the reader to participate in the complex and dangerous situation of a nation and a way of life in tumult.Highly recommended.
Je remercie tout d'abord les éditions Belfond et l'opération Masse Critique de Babelio de m'avoir fait découvrir cet ouvrage.Ce livre nous fait découvrir l'histoire de Raha, jeune fille issue d'une famille aisée de Téhéran, qui prend part au côté de ses amis étudiants aux manifestations qui suivent la réélection frauduleuse d'Ahmadinejad à la tête du République Islamique d'Iran en 2009.Sans divulguer quoique ce soit, ce serait trop dommage, il va arriver beaucoup de choses à Raha lors de ces manifestations, et notamment (je peux le dire c'est un des premiers chapitres) la rencontre avec Hossein, jeune gardien de la Révolution.Dans ce roman choral, on découvre donc avec Raha, Hossein et les autres, l'Iran sous un jour nouveau pour ma part. J'avais lu et adoré "Lire Lolita à Téhéran" qui se passe bien avant "Azadi", et qui couvre notamment la prise de pouvoir des Islamistes.Avec "Azadi" j'ai découvert la façon dont vivent aujourd'hui les Iraniens.J'ai trouvé l'écriture de l'auteure peu fluide et je n'ai pas beaucoup aimé le rythme. L'écriture m'a en fait beaucoup gênée. Je n'étais pas portée par l'écriture comme c'est très souvent le cas.Malgré tout, j'ai beaucoup apprécié cette lecture. J'avais du mal à me défaire de cette histoire terrible et j'ai finalement lu très rapidement ce livre car je voulais en connaître la fin. C'est finalement la façon dont est construit le livre, qui a contre-carré le style de l'auteure.En conclusion, je suis ravie de cette belle lecture.
I enjoyed this novel for a few key specific reasons. As far as a historical novel, I appreciated the mention of most candidates of this election and commentary from characters in the novel about each candidate that exposed their platforms. It is pretty insightful in that aspect as it brings light to a wider history beyond just Mousavi. I think for the younger Iranian generation living outside of Iran and only hearing about this event through parents, or the tiny bits that were covered in the media, the assumption might be that everyone had voted for Mousavi or that there were no other candidates. The character's voices provide more representation and a more accurate view of the event.Aside from history, the writing style itself is very unique. It's very fresh and emotional, but simple and engaging.Would recommend this to anyone, but especially to the younger Iranian-American generation to have a better understanding of history. Although, of course, keep in mind that this is a novel that is fiction, but as a general historical background outline, it's enough to shed light on the event to maybe even do more research after having reading this.
Bouleversant. C'est ce qu'a été pour moi ce récit frappant. Avec Azadi, on se trouve à la croisée des regards d'Iraniens de tous horizons. Regards qu'ils portent sur leur pays et sur les autres. Ce roman brise à la fois des préjugés sur l'Iran et en confirme d'autres. Saïdeh Pakravan nous permet d'appréhender la complexité de la société iranienne à travers les manifestations post électorales de 2009. Des manifestations qui ont fini dans la répression. Dans ce roman, beaucoup (trop) de scènes sont d'une rare violence. Notamment concernant le personnage de Raha. En lisant, c'est comme si je devais encaisser - très difficilement - toute sa douleur. Ames sensibles comme moi, s'abstenir ! Mais si vous souhaitez en apprendre un peu plus sur ce pays digne d'intérêt, foncez.
The events of 2009 in Tehran--after the fraudulent presidential elections led people to take to the streets and protest until they were crushed by government forces--provided us with some gripping real-life drama, the events culminating with the on-air death of Neda Agha Soltan, tragically. "Azadi" explores the individual stories of this revolution, centering on three young people, Raha, Kian and Hossein, and how their lives become mixed up together in ways unimagined. Told from the viewpoint of each of the three characters, with chapters alternating around their individual stories, "Azadi" was unputdownable, a significant novel to come out of these busy, troubled times from 2009. A definite "recommend"!