Based on his personal experiences, this collection of work from Iranian philosopher and poet Kazem Mostafavi is intended to make known to a wider, English speaking, readership the efforts of those dedicated to bringing about freedom and peace in theMoreBased on his personal experiences, this collection of work from Iranian philosopher and poet Kazem Mostafavi is intended to make known to a wider, English speaking, readership the efforts of those dedicated to bringing about freedom and peace in the world—and especially to those suffering daily in Iran.The eight stories collected in this book are only a tiny sample of the numerous writings, originally in Farsi, by Hamid Assadian, who writes under the nom de plume of Kazem Mostafavi.These were first transliterated into English in order to reach a wider audience.
The stories were retold in English by Leon Menzies Racionzer. Not surprisingly, as with any translation, some of the nuances and poetic innuendo are lost, but the style of this author to avoid directing the reader to a specific conclusion has been well maintained in the English retelling.Authors unique style in leaving not just the stories but also certain paragraphs apparently unfinished is a deliberate attempt to open the mind of the reader so that each one can arrive at one’s own conclusion.In his own words through a translator, he explains his style thus: “I plant an idea in the mind of the reader by which he or she is haunted.
Different readers with different backgrounds and life experiences may interpret it differently.”Each story has symbolic meaning that excites the personal imagination of each reader according to their own life’s experiences and current situation.In “Flight of the Little Fish,” a lonely woman has a conversation with a fish and gains a new perspective on life, and “Little Messiah” is the poetic tale of a little boy determined to free his lamb ensnared by an evil and terrifying tree.“My Window” tells of a political prisoner’s thoughts and emotions on his first day after release from prison helping him to see death as a friend.
A man confesses to a killing, and the ensuing investigation has surprising revelations in “The Man Who Was Killing a Dead Man-” and a man recounts his disturbing interrogation by the intelligence service in “Owl in Cement Eyes.”The reader is projected into the tragic poverty, deprivation, fear and utter desolation of those living in a poor shantytown In “Bark Town”.A father is tormented with the tragic decision he had to take to save his daughter by ending her life in “My Daughter and Two Phosphorescent Lizards.”And, finally, “House on the Other Side of the Bridge” relays how a small community overcomes the fear of death amid humiliation and torture.