In this novel about the various paths we
choose to take due to interruptions in our everyday lives, Farzin, a gay man
In the larger picture, Interruptions is an intimate look at the interrupted psyche of a nation whose dreams of freedom and justice have repeatedly been thwarted. The author offers a fresh and dynamic take on Iranian society and its complex rituals. The political upheavals in a country dominated by fanatics are the backdrop to Massud Alemi's novel, where the rich history of Farzin's family is interwoven with the misfortunes of a nation.
Rouhani, single, college student-turned-high school teacher, steps out of his
parental house on the last day of spring 1981, around noon. Under
Farzin's arresting officer begins interrogating him in jail, a process that spans the entire summer. His mission is to discover why Farzin had come out into the streets, despite the government ban, and what his role was at the rally. But Farzin cannot reveal why he was in the street out of fear of retribution for … well, for … being a homosexual man. The penalty for being gay in the Islamic republic is death, plain and simple. Powerless and vulnerable, through a maze of confusion and hopelessness, Farzin clutches at a twig of an idea that might shed some light on the reasons for his whereabouts on March 20, 1981, without having to come out of the closet. Since he has no connection to the opposition whatsoever, he begins to fling open the vaults of his family, ending up revealing other secrets along the way. These stories, however, are seen by his captors as a ruse to cover the truth and escape punishment.
Interruptions is a novel narrated in the third person. The protagonist is a gay man who goes to jail by mistake, and his experiences reveal the nature of the society at large. But this is also the story of a nation that is often misunderstood by others. The novel, in 77 short chapters, carries the reader through assorted realms of magic and history, to places and people who capture the mind with awe and wonder.
An excerpt from Interruptions may be viewed at www.massudalemi.com
Praise for Interruptions
Interruptions, Massud Alemi creates a vivid, powerful picture of
you thought all the misfortunes of the post revolutionary
In t e r r u p t i o n s
By Massud Alemi
Publication Date: January 15, 2008
$24.95 | hardcover
274 pages, 6 x 9
About the Author:
Massud Alemi was born in
Alemi lives in
information about the author and his upcoming novel, visit his website at
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