Magazine article New Internationalist

Children of the Jacaranda Tree

Magazine article New Internationalist

Children of the Jacaranda Tree

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Children of the Jacaranda Tree by Sahar Delijani (Orion, ISBN 978-0-297-86903-3)

Spanning the years 1983 to 2011, Children of the Jacaranda Tree offers a personal and often painful look at postrevolutionary Iranian history, from the height of the Iran-Iraq war to the 2009 election protests and beyond.

First-time novelist Sahar Delijani was born in the notorious Evin Prison in Tehran; she uses her own family's experiences as the basis for the interconnected tales that are woven through the narrative. The novel opens with the birth of a baby girl in Evin; it ends with a woman losing her baby after being kicked and beaten by police during the 2009 student uprising. In between are stories of great hope and sadness as the members of a typical Iranian family are battered and bruised, both literally and figuratively, by a country 'where life overwhelms you, submerges you. …

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