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Public Lecture: “Remembering Akbar: Inside the Iranian Revolution” with Behrooz Ghamari (University of Illinois)
April 10, 2017 | 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Behrooz Ghamari (University of Illinois) introduces his book Remembering Akbar: Inside the Iranian Revolution (Or Books, 2016).
Set in the tumultuous aftermath of the Iranian revolution in 1979, Remembering Akbar weaves together the stories of a group of characters who share a crowded death row cell in Tehran’s notorious Evin prison. A teeming world is evoked vividly through the relationships, memories, and inner lives of these political prisoners, many of whom were eventually executed. Told through a series of linked memories by the narrator, Akbar, whose striking candor is infused with a mordant sense of humor, the story takes the reader beyond mere political struggles and revelations, to a vibrant alternative history, written, as it were, by losers. The characters whose stories Akbar recounts are brought to life within the mundane rhythms of a bleak institution, in its simple pleasures as well as its frequent horrors, and in the unexpected connections that emerge between the world inside and a past before imprisonment.
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