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The Eagles of Hill 60

Translated from the Persian by M. R. Ghanoonparvar

Series: Bibliotheca Iranica: Persian Fiction in Translation 13
Availability: In stock
Published: 2016
Page #: xii + 154
Size: 5.5 x 8.5
ISBN: 978-1-56859-309-8

 
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"Eagles of Hill 60" is the second volume of the work in English translation by one of Iran's most prolific contemporary writers, Mohammad Reza Bayrami. The first volume, "The Tales of Sabalan," is a bildungsroman that consists of two short novels, and was published in 2008. Eagles of Hill 60 can also be considered a bildungsroman, although of a different variety with a completely different setting. In contrast to "The Tales of Sabalan," in which the backdrop to the story is a small remote mountain village in northern Iran away from the hustle and bustle of late twentieth century life, the setting of "Eagles of Hill 60" is the frontline in the longest and one of the most devastating wars of the same century.

"Eagles of Hill 60" is set in the second half of the twentieth century, during the Iran-Iraq War, living in the war zone, Ahmad, the protagonist of this story, is mainly preoccupied with natural elements and creatures, such as eagles, especially the eagle chick he rescues, raises, and names "Lightning."

The title page of "Eagles of Hill 60" in Persian describes this story as a novel for young adults. His prose style in this novel is deceptively simple, but at the same time most engaging. While at times when Ahmad reflects on his natural environment, the prose becomes somewhat poetic, which seems to counter the notion that the story is taking place on the frontline of a devastating war, Bayrami's simple prose style is capable of creating such riveting scenes as when Ahmad and Sa'id flee from the top of Hill 60, and especially the scenes in the chapters, "The Last Lookout" and "Predicament."

The Persian original of the novel, "Oqabha-ye Tapeh-ye 60," was written in 1990 and published by several publishers. It was revised by the author in 2006, and published by Sureh-ye Mehr Publishers in 2010. The translation is based on the latter edition.

author

Mohammad Reza Bayrami

Mohammad Reza Bayrami was born in 1965 in northwestern Iran in a village at the foot of Sabalan Mountain, where the two stories in this collection, as well as many of his other stories, take place. He is the author of more than 30 novels and collections of short stories, which have won him many literary prizes.

Translator’s Introduction ix

1. Morning Explosions 1
2. Rain 7
3. Excursion 10
4. Playing 20
5. The Eagles of Hill 60 24
6. On the Other Side of the Fog 38
7. Punishment 47
8. The Eagle that was Lost in the Sky 55
9. The Last Lookout 59
10. Preparatory Artillery Barrage 83
11. Storm 86
12. Search 95
13. Return 100
14. Effort 103
15. Predicament 115
16. Liberation 132
17. Flight 148

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