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Two Visions and The Trial

Translated from the Persian by M. R. Ghanoonparvar
Quick Overview

"Two Visions" is a most intriguing story of Mehdi, an ordinary boy from a traditional Iranian fam-ily who in the course of growing up to be an ordinary man is a spectator to some of the most extraordinary events of Iranian history in the 20th century. As a boy, Mehdi is shy and a loner, and his struggle throughout his life is to get out of his shell of loneliness and find an identity for him-self that is the opposite of his own introverted character. He always seeks that identity in flashy things and people, and thus he remains a spectator to other people’s lives, until the occurrence of an event toward the end of his life in which he becomes a spectacle.

The second story, “The Trial,” begins about a month after the coup d’état that resulted in the overthrow of the government of Prime Minister Mosaddeq in 1953. The protagonist of the story and his family are in some ways reminiscent of the protagonist and his family in the previous story. Again, similar to Two Visions, the story begins with a picture of domestic tranquility, but as it progresses, the tranquility of the family is shattered. The turmoil in the country, martial law, and the political dictatorial atmosphere all contribute to forcing a career army officer, who is happy tending to his chickens at the beginning of the story, to become involuntarily involved in an unpleasant political cat-and-mouse game.

author

Ghazaleh Alizadeh

Poet, novelist, and short story writer Ghazaleh Alizadeh (1947-1996) was born in Mashhad to an affluent family. Her father was a merchant and, like herself, her mother was also a writer and poet. After graduating from the University of Tehran with a degree in law and political science, she studied philosophy and film in France for a few years. Her first novel, "The House of the Edrisis", was awarded a prize for the best novel of “Twenty Years of Fiction Writing” by Iran’s Ministry of Islamic Culture and Guidance in 1999.

Translator's Introduction

TWO VISIONS

THE TRIAL

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