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No Heaven for Gunga Din: Baray-e Gunga Din Behesht Nist

Ali Mirdrekvandi (a.k.a. Gunga Din)

Availability: Forthcoming
Published: 2018
Page #: 196
Size: 5.5 x 8
ISBN: 978-1568593470

Quick Overview

Unique is a word much abused these days, but no other description be applied to this charming , original, and altogether primitive parable written in broken and eloquent English by an Iranian/Persian peasant for the entertainment of the British and American officers for whom he worked.
In his story, Ali Mirdrekvandi a.k.a. Gunga Din devised a kind of Pilgrim’s Progress in which a group of officers wander about the firmament in search of Heaven. The story is superbly imaginative and is written with a delicious humor, compassion and a sure sense of character.
A truly extraordinary book, "No Heaven for Gunga Din" is at once naive, shrewd and somehow sophisticated. It is one of those rare books which is absolutely perfect as it is—not one word could be changed. One recognized after having read it that one will never encounter another like it.
This is the first bi-lingual English-Persian edition.

Ali Mirdrekvandi (a.k.a. Gunga Din)

His name was Ali Mirdrekvandi, but he preferred to be called Gunga Din. He was a peasant from the wilds of Lorestan in southwest of Iran/Persia, and by all the rules he should have been illiterate. He was working as a houseboy in the British Embassy in Tehran: he stayed for about six weeks, then vanished. He was an extraordinary human being. No one has heard of him since.

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