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Inhaltsangabe: The master of Iranian letters tells a daring story about a war correspondent trying to report the truth about life under a totalitarian regime.
In Iran, it's nearly impossible to write history.
On a strategic hill overlooking the frontier, Iraqi and Iranian troops battle over a reservoir tank, an indispensable source of water. The troops are thirsty and at the brink of madness. Nearby, an Iraqi journalist covering the battle is given a tour of a Iraqi military prison. He is informed by the major in charge of what is expected of him: he is to write a fabricated report about a murder that has occurred in the camp, in hopes of demoralizing enemy soldiers.
With his government demanding he write the story, the journalist finds himself doing something that's been nearly impossible for the last thirty years: trying to write an honest history of Iran.
Told in kaleidoscopic style that weaves between the ongoing battle and the struggles of the reporter, Besmal is rich with dark humor and surreal images of battle. It blurs the boundaries between Iran and Iraq, as the two nations battle over identity, history and senseless, bloody war. And it shows, once again, why critics say Mahmoud Dowlatabadi is the most important ? and fearless ? Iranian writer of the last century.
Inhaltsangabe: During the Iran-Iraq war of the 1980s, an Iraqi journalist is given a tour of a military prison. He is informed by the major in charge about what is expected of him: he is to write a fabricated report about a murder that has occurred in the camp, in order to demoralise the enemy soldiers. The journalist is unwilling to write this story. In a long night of intense discussion at his home, he speaks to the major of a historic conflict between the two countries and tells him that he is writing a novel about a group of soldiers trapped on a hill, dying of thirst as they compete for a water tank with a group of enemy soldiers on the opposite hill. So far the water tank has remained undamaged at the bottom of a rift between the hills, but neither group has a hope of reaching it without being shot by the other. Delirious, the soldiers await their end: either being saved by a fabled female lion who feeds her milk to all who are thirsty, or morphing into doves once they are martyred. At the same time, in Iran, another writer remembers how he first came into contact with a gun...In a narrative riddled with surreal images, shifting perspectives and dark humour, Dowlatabadi blurs the boundaries between the two warring countries as he questions the meaning of national identity when confronted with time and human suffering.
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