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✓ The Colonel ✓ Mahmoud Dowlatabadi Tom Patterdale
Jan 20, 2021 - 07:08 AM By Mahmoud Dowlatabadi Tom Patterdale

Winner of the 2013 Jan Michalski PrizeLonglististed for the Man Asian Literary PrizeA new novel by the master of Iranian letters that directly engages politics in Iran today Ten years in the writing, this fearless novel so powerful it s banned in Iran tells the stirring story of a tortured people forced to live under successive oppressive regimes It begins on a pitchWinner of the 2013 Jan Michalski PrizeLonglististed for the Man Asian Literary PrizeA new novel by the master of Iranian letters that directly engages politics in Iran today Ten years in the writing, this fearless novel so powerful it s banned in Iran tells the stirring story of a tortured people forced to live under successive oppressive regimes It begins on a pitch black, rainy night, when there s a knock on the Colonel s door Two policemen have come to summon him to collect the tortured body of his youngest daughter The Islamic Revolution is devouring its own children Set over the course of a single night, the novel follows the Colonel as he pays a bribe to recover his daughter s body and then races to bury her before sunrise.As we watch him struggle with the death of his innocent child, we find him wracked with guilt and anger over the condition of his country, particularly as represented by his own children a son who fell during the 1979 revolution another driven to madness after being tortured during the Shah s regime a third who went off to martyr himself fighting for the ayatollahs in their war against Iraq one murdered daughter, and another who survives by being married to a cruel opportunist.An incredibly powerful novel about nation, history and family, The Colonel is a startling illumination of the consequences of years of oppression and political upheaval in Iran.
  • Title: The Colonel
  • Author: Mahmoud Dowlatabadi Tom Patterdale
  • ISBN: 9781612191324
  • Page: 185
  • Format: Paperback

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Petra X Jan 20, 2021 - 07:08 AM
This book is banned in Iran because the author will not allow the censors to edit it to reflect their own partisan view of history It is about one family, in one night where the cold and the rain never cease Everyone in the family is fighting for or supports a different faction, the Shah or the Ayatollah or the government regime which isn t quite the same thing The son in law is out to play sides against the middle for what he personally can get out of it The torturer who is not a family member, [...]
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Tariq Mahmood Jan 20, 2021 - 07:08 AM
As a Pakistani, I find the Iranian revolution fascinating It is a lesson for all Islamist apologists in what can go wrong Dowlatabadi does a faboulous job in presenting a very dark picture of post revolutionary period where everything is breaking down, chaos and among this chaos the protagonist a nameless colonel is trying to live an ordinary life, pruning himself, dealing with all issues as normally as possible It s the portrayal of human nature at its most vulnerable state This quest for norma [...]
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Trish Jan 20, 2021 - 07:08 AM
This summer the Iranian government issued a postage stamp on the novelist Dowlatabadi s 74th birthday commemorating his lifetime of work Despite the regime s professed respect for the art of the novelist, Dowlatabadi s The Colonel is still not published in his own country It was first published in Germany, where it was shortlisted for the 2009 Haus der Kulturen Berlin International Literary Award After publication in Britain, the novel was longlisted for the 2011 Man Asian Literary Prize and it [...]
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Hakan T Jan 20, 2021 - 07:08 AM
ran n yak n tarihini be ocuklu bir baban n ekseninde vurucu bir ekilde anlatan Albay beklemedi im l de s k buldum Toplumsal ve siyasal geli meler kar s nda ocuklar n farkl tercihleri trajik bir hikaye olu turmu Devrimin ocuklar n yemesi, baz lar n n ise her devirde yolunu bulmas , kaybedenin ise daima halk n olmas ok g zel i lenmi Yaln z bunlar okuyup, didaktik, toplumcu ger ek i veya benzer nitelikte bir roman oldu unu d nmeyin Geri d n ler, i sorgulamalar, zellikle sonlara do ru hayalle ger e [...]
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Lisa Jan 20, 2021 - 07:08 AM
I read The Colonel because it s longlisted for the Shadow Man Asian Literary Prize It s the work of a distinguished Iranian author, and because it s dissident literature subject to censorship, it s been published only outside Iran, perhaps at some risk to its author However I m going to be upfront about this book as regular readers of this blog know, I enjoy reading challenging books and books that introduce me to other cultures, but this one took me a long way out of my comfort zone The Colonel [...]
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Tara Jan 20, 2021 - 07:08 AM
Contains Plot Summary Possible Spoilers A basic grasp of 20th Century Iranian history is advisable if you plan to read Mahmoud Dowlatabadi s The Colonel, published in English last month by Melville House Books Readers might be able to get by on the information provided by the publisher in footnotes and a glossary, but a little time spent on can t hurt The Colonel is both a political novel and a family drama knowledge of the former is essential in understanding the latter To complicate matters fu [...]
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Anthony Roberts Jan 20, 2021 - 07:08 AM
The Colonel by Mahmoud Dowlatabadi is a dark, demanding and shattering account of the immediate aftermath of the 1979 Islamic Revolution in Iran The story plays out as nightmare fable hallucination pitting historic Iranian ideals of pride and social justice against the crushing reality of each new regime s ruthless quest for power At its core this is a novel about betrayal and the madness it brings to all sides For those not acquainted with Iranian history, this may be a maddening read too as yo [...]
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Mahsa Mehrdad Jan 20, 2021 - 07:08 AM
Great piece of work by Dowlatabadi In this book, he depicts a nation as a family.He shows how each family member took a different path during the 1979 Iranian revolution and gradually alienated the others Reading the book for me, as an Iranian reader, was like pieces of a puzzle falling into place It shows how we are trapped in history and there is no get away from it It is a difficult book as it is closely linked with Iran s historical events that the reader should be aware of in order to enjoy [...]
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Bee Halton Jan 20, 2021 - 07:08 AM
15 03 12Awwww am exited to read this book suggested for this months read at the International Fiction Reading Group in Norwich When I read the back of the book it s atmosphere reminded me of Isabelle Allende s House of Spirits even though it is not magical realism I ll keep you updated what I think about it.11 04 12Today we will discuss it and I am glad I read it even though it was really hard work Will go into detail later on when I know if I am allowed to publish the review somewhere else as [...]
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Literary Review The Jan 20, 2021 - 07:08 AM
By Matt McGregorFor The Literary ReviewSpring 2012 Encyclopedia Britannica In 1953, the CIA arrested the civilian Prime Minister of Iran, Mohammed Mossadeq, and reinstated Shah Mohammed Reza Pahlavi Mossadeq, a democrat who had nationalized the oil industry, was thrown into solitary confinement for three years He spent the rest of his life under permanent house arrest The Americans, with the help of the Israelis, proceeded to set up a secret police service which would soon include expert torture [...]
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Motahareh Nabavi Jan 20, 2021 - 07:08 AM
Dowlatabadi has once again rendered me speechless, but I will use the few words I can summon to describe this piece While The Thirst familiarized me with Dowlatabadi s immaculate prose and his ability to almost paradoxically bring to light erased political narratives by hiding them in his literature, The Colonel went even a step higher by piercing my heart with its bitter truths This novel lyrically depicted the effects of the 1979 revolution on the opposing political groups, who in fact fought [...]
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Mehdi Miri Disfani Jan 20, 2021 - 07:08 AM
What a story and what a night Colonel tells us what has happened to a nation and a country in a set of events all happening in one night A very long night Dark, stormy, muddy and frightening and very gloomy I read the book twice since I like works of Dowlatabadi and specially the use of language in his works The second time I read it specifically to find his tune and style between the translated lines It is a big pity that I could not read Colonel in Farsi.The book goes through a set of events a [...]
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Nazanin Jan 20, 2021 - 07:08 AM
An extraordinary combination of illusion, reality, and memory depicting a really fragile time at the history of Iran Really hard to read, really sad
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Darryl Jan 20, 2021 - 07:08 AM
This powerful novel is set in a town in Iran in the late 1980s, toward the end of the Iran Iraq war, and roughly a decade after the overthrow of the last Shah of Iran, Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, and the accession to power of Islamic fundamentalists, led by Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini The main character is the colonel , an unnamed disgraced former member of the Shah s army, who is so named because of his former title, but also because he reveres Mohammad Taqi Khan Pesyan, or The Colonel , who is cons [...]
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Lillian Jan 20, 2021 - 07:08 AM
What a dark, tough read There is a note at the back of the book that helped me get a grip on the darkness It explains how Dowlatabadi came to write this novel He had just finished writing a 10 volume, 3,000 page epic, Kelidar, that deals with life in a rural village in north eastern Iran in the 1940 s While he was immersed in writing Kelidar, he shut himself off from the modern world in many ways to concentrate on the different time period Upon returning to the reality of life in modern day Iran [...]
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Amir Jan 20, 2021 - 07:08 AM
I like the style of story telling of this book and could connect with the characters in the story specially Amir and the colonel I believe one can find many fathers mothers in Iran who experienced the same sad story as the colonel in the few years after Iran s revolution.The main characters of this story, the colonel, Amir and Khezr are well presented and I could understand the reasons behind their actions.Overall the translation is not bad but as the translator says at the end of the book By th [...]
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Harry Rutherford Jan 20, 2021 - 07:08 AM
Gosh, this book is grim It starts with the colonel being summoned from his house in the middle of a rainy night to collect the tortured body of his daughter from the secret police, and he is told to bury her before daybreak to avoid any kind of attention.The story of that night and the following day is combined with flashbacks, and we learn of one child after another lost to violence being tortured by the Shah s regime or the Islamic Republic, or dying in the Iran Iraq War Each of his children b [...]
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Matin Kheirkhahan Jan 20, 2021 - 07:08 AM
I would give it a 4.5, because of the aesthetic flow and deduct 0.5 as I wish I had read it in Persian The reason that I prefer the original Persian text is the delicacy of word choices It was obvious that the words and names were beautifully selected such that they were in perfect harmony of the whole plot, and I believe many points are lost in the English translation.Other than the language, the story is telling a retired colonel s fate whose offspring are representing different popular and la [...]
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Kelly Jan 20, 2021 - 07:08 AM
If I knew about Iranian history, I am sure I would had a better understanding of this book Even so, the darkness of this book was gripping I loved the way that the book was presented, with no chapters and therefore no time for the reader to take a breath, much like the colonel was never able to rest His ramblings and chaotic thoughts gave the reader insight into the chaos and confusion of his life and the overwhelming guilt that he felt for what happened to his children.
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Alireza dehghan Jan 20, 2021 - 07:08 AM
i STOPPED READING this english version of this book on page 280 it is very poor translation and you realy miss the essense of what is beeing said by Dolat Abadie So i stoped the reading and will wait for the original Farsi copy of this book from Dolatabadie.I dont recommend reading this engklish version of the story to any one Just simply it is bad JOB IDIDNT FINISH THIS BOOK I STOPED READING
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Anatoly Jan 20, 2021 - 07:08 AM
An interesting novel ,although at times it was hard to focus on what the author meant There are no chapters which was a downside for me, especially because of the structure and narrative of the story But overall it was a pleasant read.
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Wellington City Libraries Jan 20, 2021 - 07:08 AM
Good veryGreat to get novels on other countries and esp such topical as Iran.
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The Colonel By Mahmoud Dowlatabadi Tom Patterdale Winner of the 2013 Jan Michalski PrizeLonglististed for the Man Asian Literary PrizeA new novel by the master of Iranian letters that directly engages politics in Iran today Ten years in the writing, this fearless novel so powerful it s banned in Iran tells the stirring story of a tortured people forced to live under successive oppressive regimes It begins on a pitchWinner of the 2013 Jan Michalski PrizeLonglististed for the Man Asian Literary PrizeA new novel by the master of Iranian letters that directly engages politics in Iran today Ten years in the writing, this fearless novel so powerful it s banned in Iran tells the stirring story of a tortured people forced to live under successive oppressive regimes It begins on a pitch black, rainy night, when there s a knock on the Colonel s door Two policemen have come to summon him to collect the tortured body of his youngest daughter The Islamic Revolution is devouring its own children Set over the course of a single night, the novel follows the Colonel as he pays a bribe to recover his daughter s body and then races to bury her before sunrise.As we watch him struggle with the death of his innocent child, we find him wracked with guilt and anger over the condition of his country, particularly as represented by his own children a son who fell during the 1979 revolution another driven to madness after being tortured during the Shah s regime a third who went off to martyr himself fighting for the ayatollahs in their war against Iraq one murdered daughter, and another who survives by being married to a cruel opportunist.An incredibly powerful novel about nation, history and family, The Colonel is a startling illumination of the consequences of years of oppression and political upheaval in Iran.

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