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.
Tehran, 1983. A city paralysed by fear, its people silenced. And the beating heart of the regime is Evin prison. Yet even within its walls three women dare to dream of a life beyond tyranny. Azar gives birth to her daughter in captivity. One day the guards simply take her child from her. Parisa yearns for her tiny son, growing up a few miles away but completely out of reach. And Firoozeh, broken by cruelty, has turned her back on everything she was fighting for. But even in the most desolate places hope can take root ...
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This novel by Iranian author Sahar Delijani examines one of the saddest and most harrowing episodes in post-revolutionary Iran – the 1988 executions of political prisoners. Starting with a birth in Tehran’s Evin prison in the 1980s, it continues with heart-breaking tales of other prisoners and the children who are removed from them. We then jump forward twenty years and find out how these brave children coped with the violent loss of their families, and discover that they want exactly what their parents fought for – freedom. A brutally honest story of secrets, hope and endurance, revealing some of the truth behind a devastating period in Iran’s history.
Publication date: 26/03/2015
Publisher: Phoenix (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd ) an imprint of Orion Publishing Co
Publication date: 06/06/2013
Publisher: Weidenfeld & Nicolson an imprint of Orion Publishing Co
|Publication date:||26th March 2015|
|Publisher:||Phoenix (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd ) an imprint of Orion Publishing Co|
|Genres:||Reader Reviewed Books, eBook Favourites, Family Drama, Literary Fiction, Reading Groups,|
|Categories:||Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945),|
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.More About Sahar Delijani