Out of Mesopotamia
Salar Abdoh (Author) Sean Rohani (Read by)
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DescriptionSaleh Abdoh, the narrator of Out of Mesopotamia, is a middle-aged Iranian journalist who moonlights as a writer for one of Iran's most popular TV shows, but cannot keep himself away from the front lines in neighboring Iraq and Syria. There, the fight against the Islamic State is a proxy war, an existential battle, a declaration of faith, and, for some, a passing weekend affair.After weeks spent dodging RPGs and witnessing acts of savagery and stupidity, Saleh returns to his civilian life of Tehran bookstore readings and trendy art openings and finds it to be an unbearably dislocating experience. Pursued by the woman who broke his heart, his official handler from state security (who wants him for questioning over a suspicious volume of Proust), and the screenwriters with whom he is supposed to be collaborating, Saleh has reason to flee again from everyday life--but not necessarily to discard it. Surrounded by men whose willingness to achieve martyrdom both fascinates and appalls him, Saleh struggles to make sense of himself and the turmoil that surrounds him.An unprecedented glimpse into the fight against the Islamic State from a Middle Eastern perspective, Out of Mesopotamia follows in the tradition of the Western canon of martial writers, but then subverts and expands upon it before completely blowing it apart. Drawing on firsthand experience, it gives agency to the voiceless while offering a meditation on war that is moving, humane, darkly funny, and resonantly true.
September 17, 2020
5.6 X 4.9 X 0.5 inches | 0.15 pounds
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About the Author
Salar Abdoh is the author of the novels Tehran at Twilight, The Poet Game, and Opium and the editor of Tehran Noir. Born in Iran, he splits his time between Tehran and New York City, where he teaches in the MFA program at the City College of New York.
Sean Rohani is a talented voiceover artist who has worked on projects for Warner Brothers, Google, and Netflix. Born to Iranian immigrants, he was raised in a melting-pot community that taught him to be fascinated with all cultures and languages.