Magazine article New Internationalist

Softcore

Magazine article New Internationalist

Softcore

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Softcore by Tirdad Zolghadr (Telegram ISBN 9781846590207)

In Tehran, a cocktail bar, The Promessa, closed during the Islamic Revolution in 1978, is about to reopen as a fashionable venue for corporate hospitality and a setting where the movers and shakers of the cosmopolitan worlds of fashion and art can mix and mingle. Softcore, Tirdad Zolghadr's satirical début novel, is narrated by San, a young Iranian man tasked by his shadowy employers with finishing the project on time and under budget. San, an artist and a graduate of Yale University, fancies himself as something of an artistic wheeler-dealer and he employs his considerable ingenuity and guile to con work out of reluctant contractors, members of the militia and innocent passers-by.

San blunders into trouble - and the book stumbles into thriller territory - when he is arrested and jailed while photographing the Revolutionary Courthouse. …

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