“Until now, much of me has been nothing but what others remember of me” ーShahriar Mandanipour, Moon Brow
This book is a mothership. Read it.
MOON BROW is a beautiful love story that punched me in the heard first then let me see the beauty of it at the end. It is a beautiful love narrative in the fragment of war. Worth reading every page.
Unlike a few other books by Iranian writers that I’d read, this book is the most challenging one. I have to pause and did long research for the reference, I can’t get past it until I understand the context. The metaphor about The Wall and The Garden were mesmerizing. I learned a ton about The Islamic Revolution, Shah, Ayatollah Khomeini, The long Iraq-Iran war, the border conflict, the ethic, Iranian landscape, Tehran, Kermanshah, and Kurdistan. Also, I’ve always fond of Persian mythology so this book is such an indulgence for me.
This is the story of Amir Yamini, a shell shock army of the Iraq-Iran War who lost his left arm in the battlefield. The horror of the war erased almost all of his memory. His mother and sister found him in the mental hospital and took him home. The story began when Amir, with empty memory in his head, tried to collect pieces of himself in the past, believing that it will make him whole again. His most frustration was the woman he tried to remember and saw in his dreams all the time, Moon Brow whom he desperately seeking. I have to say that I dislike Amir’s rudeness but I do respect his devotion to find her even when he gone nut and can’t remember anything in the past. In this book, Mandanipour portrayed such a devasted depiction of a psychology development of a war-traumatized veteran and the people around him who suffered greatly by and for him. It made me very depressed.
However, the most challenging part of this book is that it presented in short chapters, with the two angels on the shoulders co-narrated, each with a different voice and focus, time shifting back and forth. Oh my head, I literally took doliprane1000 after a long reading. “You need to read a book that affects you like a disaster.” You’re right Kafka. More books like this for me please.