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Sahar Delijani was born in Tehran, Iran, in 1983 and grew up in California, where she graduated from the University of California, Berkeley. Children of the Jacaranda Tree is her first novel and was inspired by her family's experience as political activists and prisoners in Iran. She lives with her husband in Turin, Italy.
Set in post-revolutionary Iran, from 1983 to 2011, this is a powerful and moving story of the human cost of revolution, exile and change. Following the lives of three generations of men and women driven by idealism, inspired by love and chasing dreams of freedom, Children of the Jacaranda Tree is an evocative and effecting portrait of Iran and it’s struggles to change.
July 2013 Debut of the Month. Set in post-revolutionary Iran, from 1983 to 2011, this is a powerful and moving story of the human cost of revolution, exile and change. Following the lives of three generations of men and women driven by idealism, inspired by love and chasing dreams of freedom, Children of the Jacaranda Tree is an evocative and effecting portrait of Iran and it’s struggles to change.
Sie spielen im Hof, unter den bluhenden Zweigen des Jacarandabaums. Wie ganz normale, gluckliche Kinder sehen sie aus, Neda und ihre Cousinen. Doch die Mutter sind fort, eingesperrt fur ihren Kampf um Freiheit im Iran. Jahre spater, als Neda sich in den jungen Reza verliebt, begreift sie, dass die Vergangenheit der Eltern ihre Liebe zu zerstoren droht. Neda beschliet, das jahrelange Schweigen uber das Geschehene zu brechen. Sahar Deljans bewegender Roman ist ein groes Panorama der Generationen und eine Liebeserklrung an die Menschen in ihrer Heimat.
A country divided by revolution A people united by loveNeda is born in Tehrans Evin Prison, where her mother is allowed to nurse her for a few months before the arms of a guard appear at the cell door one day and, simply, take her away. In another part of the city, three-year-old Omid witnesses the arrests of his political activist parents from his perch at their kitchen table, yogurt dripping from his fingertips. More than twenty years after the violent, bloody purge that took place inside Tehrans prisons, Sheida learns that her father was one of those executed, that the silent void firmly planted between her and her mother all these years was not just the sad loss that comes with death, but the anguish and the horror of murder.These are the Children of the Jacaranda Tree. Set in post-revolutionary Iran from 1983 to 2011, this stunning debut novel follows a group of mothers, fathers, children, and lovers, some related by blood, others brought together by the tide of history that washes over their lives. Finally, years later, it is the next generation that is left with the burden of the past and their countrys tenuous future as a new wave of protest and political strife begins.Children of the Jacaranda Tree is an evocative portrait of three generations of men and women inspired by love and poetry, burning with idealism, chasing dreams of justice and freedom. Written in Sahar Delijanis spellbinding prose, capturing the intimate side of revolution in a country where the weight of history is all around, it is a moving tribute to anyone who has ever answered its call.