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Zahraʼs Paradise by Amir

Zahraʼs Paradise (2011)

by Amir, Khalil

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A very striking graphic novel set in contemporary times. The cruelty is almost unbearable at times, and I am left asking is this the sole characteristic that should be applied to the various peoples within the Middle East, who are represented as the antagonists within the story? It strikes me as a dangerous generalization to apply to the 'enemy,' and that it celebrates resentment toward evil acts rather than pursuing methods to bridge communication and understanding between conflicting cultures.

This could be featured in the library along with other works of the Islamic perspective. The High school English class may compare and contrast the novel with works by Middle Eastern or Islamic writers. ( )
  MagLuCliff | Feb 25, 2016 |
Too propaganda-ish, Islamophobic, racist, disrespectful, and politically-biased for my taste.
It suggests that Afghan Muslims kill small puppies in order to go to heaven, that Arabs are violent and inhumane, that the Iranian army is a militia, that the Ayatollahs are crows who feed on people's bodies, etc...
In the tradition of many Iranian/American authors who get publicity in the West, especially the US, for bashing the Iranian regime, this book pleads against a 'very cruel' regime that has 'cruelly' fought against the shah of Iran in the 70's. I've been to Iran, and it is not a dictatorship; I wish our Arab world was that peaceful, self-satisfied, organized, and scientifically advanced. No country on Earth is truly democratic and every country allows a certain amount of freedom, be it wrong or right, and they all have their own conspiracy theories and prisons. Stereotypes and political propaganda does not help anyone. This book was a wrong choice, I don't like books where the author insults my intelligence, and this book did that; it was extremist, biased, dishonest, and deceitful. ( )
  pathogenik | Feb 18, 2016 |
Beautiful and haunting account of the protests in Iran in 2009. Recommended for anyone who enjoyed Persepolis and Maus, or anyone that wants to understand a bit better the iranian society. ( )
  lunula_kraskowa | Jan 16, 2016 |
Wonderfully insightful. The book shows the inside struggle of a repressive government and the people who are trying to live their lives. Heartbreaking, but a pleasure reading and seeing. ( )
  Noonecanstop | Mar 2, 2014 |
A powerful, moving story about how one family is tragically affected by the Iranian government's violent suppression of widespread street protests in 2009. ( )
  Sullywriter | Apr 3, 2013 |
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"Set in the aftermath of Iran's fraudulent elections of 2009, Zahra's Paradise is the fictional story of the search for Mehdi, a young protestor who has vanished into an extrajudicial twilight zone. What's keeping his memory from being obliterated is not the law. It is the grit and guts of his mother, who refuses to surrender her son to fate, and the tenacity of his brother, a blogger, who fuses tradition and technology to explore and explode the void in which Mehdi has vanished"--Publisher's web site.… (more)

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