Magazine article New Internationalist

The Drum Tower

Magazine article New Internationalist

The Drum Tower

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The Drum Tower by Farnoosh Moshiri (SandstonePress, ISBN 9781910124024)

Iranian writer Farnoosh Moshiri has undergone experiences in her own life that a fiction writer would hesitate to deal out to a character. She fled into exile with her young son in 1983 as the Islamic regime began a wave of arrests and executions of political activists, intellectuals and feminists. She travelled across the mountains to Afghanistan and spent four years in refugee camps there and in India before emigrating to the US in 1987. In exile, it was several years before she felt able to write again but, gradually, in the 1990s she began publishing a series of well-received novels and collections.

Her latest novel is the sweeping, magisterial family saga The Drum Tower, set in the 1970s, against the backdrop of the fall of the Shah and the Islamic revolution. …

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