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*CANCELED* ALI ARAGHI reads from his new novel IMMORTALS OF TEHRAN

Immortals of Tehran (Melville House Publishing)

This sweeping multi-generational debut tells the story of a centuries-old curse carrying one family to the brink of the 1979 Iranian revolution--and announces the arrival of a bold new literary talent. The Torkashvand family reveres their seemingly immortal patriarch, Agha, the trunk of their widely branching, family tree. When we come to the story, Agha is so old that he spends his days sitting in the family orchard, drinking tea and telling stories to his great-great-great-great grandson Ahmad. Agha's favorite story tells of a family curse that seems to shed light on the political turmoil roiling Iran and foretell Ahmad's fated role in the country's future. There is certainly something plaguing Ahmad's family. At the age of ten Ahmad witnesses his father's suicide and consequently loses his voice. But this is only the beginning of what will become another very long life: of many loves and losses, of ever-tangled family dramas, a doomed career in politics, and of incendiary poetry, all of which converge and catch fire at the center of the Revolution.

Ali Araghi is an Iranian writer and translator. He was born in Tehran, but moved to South Bend, Indiana to earn his MFA from the University of Notre Dame. Alongside his second novel, Araghi is now working on Persian, Translated, a database of Persian literature translated into English. In its ideal form, the database would allow interested viewers to find information about the English translations of Persian literary works. He is the founding editor of the online literary journal, PARAGRAPHITI. Currently he is a PhD student in Comparative Literature, Track for International Writers at Washington University in St. Louis. 

Event date: 
Friday, May 8, 2020 - 7:30pm
Event address: 
1818 N Vermont Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90027
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$27.99
ISBN: 9781612198187
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Published: Melville House - April 7th, 2020