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By Mehran Rafiei

In 2006, Mehran Rafiei, a Persian Aussie, takes a solo vacation in New Zealand. His journey coincides with Nowruz, the Persian New 12 months, and conjures up a flood of pleased thoughts of his formative years in Abadan within the Nineteen Fifties. As he excursions the recognized vacationer hotspots, he engages eagerly with fellow travelers and locals, sharing impressions and tales.
Every occasion and dialog triggers a reminiscence of his fatherland and he's decided to trap his personal tale. His memoir is an insightful, deeply relocating and occasionally funny own account of the Iran he knew and used to be compelled to escape.
Through his eyes, we see the Oil Nationalisation rebellion and consequent CIA-backed coup d’état which alterations the center East for ever. From his exile, Khomeini delivers justice, freedom, and loose public companies. The authoritarian Shah flees in another country in January 1979, and weeks later, an alien creature is born: the Islamic Republic of Iran.
Overnight, merciless mullahs expand their grip on energy – and the crooks leap at the bandwagon. The kingdom suffers shortages, inflation, unemployment, unpredictable executions, and non secular and racial discrimination.
The main issue intensifies whilst Iraq invades in1980. The Cultural Revolution disqualifies Mehran and his spouse from instructing positions. Their rented flat in Shiraz is confiscated; a brand new neighbour strikes in: an anti-Saddam military business enterprise. His domestic turns into an enticing aim for enemy sabotage, so he unearths safe haven of their relations farm in Kazeroon. The political and ethical destruction of a state is instructed warmly via human tales as households try and make the easiest of existence – matchmaking, weddings, friendships, enterprise bargains – and braveness shines throughout the worst moments.
Mehran’s specified tale of eventually getting a migration visa from the Australian Embassy in Tehran exhibits extra grotesque realities of conflict and the plight of asylum seekers – a narrative extra proper this present day than ever.

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