Sunday, June 6, 2010

on Echoes from the Other Land


Iran is isolated and yet active in the world. It is ruled by religious tradition and yet is in many ways modern and sophisticated. My concern in Echoes from the Other Land is to emphasise the considerable diversity in Iran, a country with a rich history and variety of ethnicities. While I wish to emphasize diversity, to represent such a diverse nation is not the objective of this collection—nor is it, I believe, an achievable goal. As the American writer, Mary Burger, puts it: “narrative is the tool for exploring being in time” (9). So too, my narrative explores being in time. This is meant to resist representations enforced by both the Western accounts of Iran and those of the oppressive regime

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