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Zahra's Paradise ★ Zahra's Paradise PDF / Epub ✪ Author Amir – Buyprobolan50.co.uk فردوس الزهراء بالفارسية بهشت زهرا أكبر مقبرة فى إيران، تقع جنوب طهران دفنت فيها شخصيات بارزة منها روح الله خم فردوس الزهراء بالفارسية بهشت زهرا أكبر مقبرة فى إيران، تقع جنوب طهران دفنت فيها شخصيات بارزة منها روح الله خمينى ومحمد على رجائى رئيس سابق ومحمد جواد باهنر رئيس وزراء سابق، كما دفن فيها كثير من قتلى حرب الخليج الأولى بين إيران والعراق فردوس كلمة معربة منذ القدم من أصل فارسى قديم، تدل على الحديقة المسورةالإهداءإلى كل المفقودين والغائبين والذين سقطوا.

  • Paperback
  • 295 pages
  • Zahra's Paradise
  • Amir
  • Arabic
  • 28 September 2016

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10 thoughts on “Zahra's Paradise

  1. Swaroop Kanti Swaroop Kanti says:

    You can't break the spirit of a wild horseZahra's Paradise is the story of a mother's frantic search for her missing son in the aftermath of the June 2009 elections in IranHow can someone disappear in a demonstration that never happened?the demonstration gets no news coverage as if it never happenedThe graphical illustrations are very detailed descriptive and beautiful The contents are powerful and heartbreaking They provide a clear and profound insight of the Iranian people their lives hardships and their unrelenting trust in hope and humanity The Persian code of chivalry you don't kick someone when they're down After all the only place where we can truly come to life is in one another's heartsThe rest is nonsense The rest is fiction

  2. Julie Ehlers Julie Ehlers says:

    As a way of getting up to speed on recent Iranian history including the contested 2009 election the large protests that followed and the government's brutal response to those protests Zahra's Paradise is invaluable This is a brave document published under pseudonyms at considerable risk to its authors and as a reading experience its emotional impact was at times considerable At other times it was bogged down by a somewhat choppy structure and frame by frame the art was a bit chaotic—a style that could have worked well with the themes but instead just made me feel like I couldn't uite focus I guess it's not really fair to compare it to Persepolis but it's no Persepolis It deserves to be reuired reading anywayEdit 21517 Upon reflection the disorientation the art sometimes caused me as a reader was probably a good metaphor for what it was like to live in Iran at this time But I'm not sure that effect was deliberate

  3. Laleh Laleh says:

    On Iran's 2009 presidential election aftermath As far as graphic novels go this is a very well done book and as far as historic fictions go it seems to be historically sound and to have a powerful story line For me reading Zahra's Paradise has brought back so many painful memories Yet I believe what happened in that bloody summer should be told again and again and never be forgotten

  4. Donald Jans Donald Jans says:

    45 starsHow can political uprising and oppression be entertaining and sometimes funny? Zahra's paradise pulls that off and educating people about the plight of the great people of Iran via a graphic novel one of my first A graphic novel is basically a comic book for adults I'll take it At times I was very frustrated and aghast that things like this can occur all in the eye of religion but really its just a power grab and for what Big Kudos for a fun fast and educational read

  5. First Second Books First Second Books says:

    We're very proud of this book which the authors have created to be in itself a revolutionary document about political upheaval and what an individual's role in it can ultimately be

  6. Jim Jim says:

    Blessed are the truthseekers and truth tellers especially those who risk not only their own lives and voices but those of family and friends in the pursuit of the real story particularly in the face of vicious oppressive tyrannies whether religiously fanatical or simply power hungry The people of the great country of Iran have suffered enormously under the rule of the mullahs and their basij stormtroopers and the world was stunned by the execution of Neda on a Tehran street on 20 June 2009 But many were disappeared that day both before and after in fact hidden away in torture chambers of Evin and other terrible dungeons where assaults included rape and murder many never to return In Zahra's Paradise a graphic novel of power and emotion the artists expose the ruthless attack against democratic sentiments as thousands of citizens many students have been killed or locked away and any hints of free thinking suashed Although the main character Mehdi is most likely a composite figure he stands for all who suffered and the story of intrepid journalists citizens and family members in uncovering the truth and fighting for justice at great cost to themselves is a powerful statement Along with the powerful and better known graphic work of Marjan Satrapi two anonymous men have produced a biting sarcastic and straightforward critiue of the current regime in Iran No doubt a fatwa for their heads would be issued should the Iranian authorities discover their true identities I wonder if any copies will make it into Iran but it is a story citizens there are all to aware of anyway No this is for the rest of the world so ignorant is it of the true life of average Iranians The sentiment in the United States is often to demonize Iranians but I know that in truth a huge segment of the population hates what the mullahs have done While many ignorantly follow the mullahs's lead thousands push back against oppression in a myriad of ways from small gestures to life risking protest There will always be brave protestors who continue to fight for freedom Allah bless them in their struggle May freedom one day shine on all Iranians I strongly recommend this novel to readers everywhere

  7. Courtney Courtney says:

    If you're looking for a book to break your heart this might be the one Flashback a few years to the Iranian elections and subseuent protests A young man Medhi has gone missing His brother a blogger and his mother set out to find him Their journey takes the reader across Tehran and into prisons morgues and mass graves It's an unflinching look at the effects of government corruption intertwined with Shari'a law told with absolute respect for those trapped in the crossfire It is as much about the suppression of culture as much as it is about the suppression of dissent It is so important for us to remember that the violent images we see on reactionary news networks do not represent the vast majority of Iranians Most are peaceful compassionate people who only wish to raise their families and celebrate their heritage Instead these same people are often the victims and find themselves like the characters in Zahra's Paradise trying to salvage what they can after corruption has run its course Zahra's Paradise refers to the largest cemetery in Tehran Zahra is the name of the Prophet Muhammad's daughter This book also comes with background information about the elections various definitions of Arabic and Farsi termsphrases thoughts from Paul Coelho and a list of the names of the dead which spans several pages in extremely small font A somber but worthy read The authors are anonymous due to the nature of the work

  8. Adan Adan says:

    “Burn”

  9. Minli Minli says:

    I finished this graphic novel on the subway home from work last night where I sat sniffling pathetically reading the afterword among a throng of commuters I don't know what led me to pick it up though I do stalk First Second because their projects are so interesting since I usually shy away from this kind of book I read for many reasons but after being traumatized by The Rape of Nanking when I was sixteen I find reading books about civil unrest war violence and rape terribly difficult During college I read a slew of ethnographies and took a class on Muslim societies Ahmadinejad came to my campus back in 2007 an extremely controversial invitation that inspired a lot of media commentary and public demonstrations My contemporary civ professor was from Iran and like other scholarly expatriates would often digress in his lectures to go on about human rights and free speech I've avoided current events because they are too painful too anonymous when reported on by the media too much monolothic coverage that keeps people and cultures in third world countries other That's why Zahra's Paradise succeeds it does not profess to be fact or history or a record of anything The book shows that tragedy is personal but humanity is universal Do you need to live in Iran to feel injustice? Do you need to be a Muslim to understand a mother's love for her son?Still it is not for the faint of heart It begins with an prologue that serves as a metaphor for the entire book a man encounters a dog with her litter of puppies He kicks her stuffs her pups in a bag then beats them with a crowbar until they are silent Then he drowns them When I first read that I almost screamed and stopped right there I can't even watch the Game of Thrones for heaven's sake how would I finish this?Our narrator is a twenty something year old blogger whose brother went missing in the 2009 Iranian election protests Zahra's Paradise follows Hassan and his mother as they search for Mehdi they camp outside prisons and hack government security systems they speak to anyone who will give them information officials escaped prisoners printers It's fairly linear storytelling though it feels like it extends out of the edges there's much we're not seeing and that makes it even disturbing Content warning for sure I dare anyone to not feel the anguish of Mehdi and Hassan's mother to not scream cry or throw things It's not an enjoyable reading experience but it's one that you won't forget

  10. Anna Anna says:

    This book brought up so many complex emotions for meI don't know where to start It is beautiful and haunting Like Maus or Palestine but set in the now This is happening now In 2009 Iranian's took to the streets to protest Ahmadinejad's electoral victory I remember images on the news of crowds swathed in green; an upheaval I couldn't fully fathom The scene uickly changed to sports or the Kardashians or the latest political talking points No depth No history No follow up Zahra's Paradise is a fictional tale based in the reality of what happened next It takes you into the human heart of conflict and oppression Mehdi's family last saw him as he rounded the corner with friends to join the protest Millions of people had met up in Freedom Suare; connected through twitter; smart phoning a revolution And like many others he never came home Zahra's Paradise follows his mother and brother as they search for him and for answers from the labyrinthine despotic bureaucracy that control their fate Their lives touch others who have suffered greatly Their stories interweave through fluid verse mythological allegory and drawings that will make you weepThrough the suffering there are moments of strength Perseverance rebellion acts of great kindness honor the depth of a mother's love People of faith are crushed by those who claim to speak for their faith They rise up and yell Allahu Akbar God is Greatest Man is flawed God will persevere over the evil of this world It is a hope it is a prayer it is a battle cry against those who would distort God's wordIt would be so easy to read this as a historyas something that happened in a once gruesome past The images of cell phones cranes and modern cars pull the story back to present This is happening now There are likely still men and women in prison that were picked up on that day; that are being picked up today There are still mothers seeking their lost sons The last pages of this book are the most heartbreaking The facade of fiction is cast aside and there are pages pages pages of names of those who have been lost This was and is real and the authors have chosen to remain anonymous to protect their own families

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