Tehran at Twilight

Tehran at Twilight

Book - 2014
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"Swift, hard-boiled novel...Shadowy zealots exist everywhere, whether in conference rooms or interrogation rooms or--most often--in rooms that can serve as both."
-- New York Times Book Review

"Abdoh paints a gripping portrait of a nation awash in violence and crippled by corruption....Captivating."
-- Publishers Weekly

"Abdoh...gives readers a visceral sense of life in a country where repression is the norm, someone is always watching, and your past is never really past. Recommended for espionage aficionados and for readers who enjoy international settings."
-- Library Journal

"A fascinating glimpse of contemporary Iran through the familiar story of childhood friends whose paths are beginning to diverge irreversibly."
-- Shelf Awareness

"A penetrating look into contemporary Tehran."
-- Kirkus Reviews

"Salar Abdoh is an acute observer of the patterns, flaws, and simple beauties of everyday life...[ Tehran at Twilight is] an unpretentious, cross-cultural political thriller that rings true in the way only a skillfully crafted novel can."
-- San Francisco Book Review

"Abdoh's restraint with the brutality in present-day Iran in no way tamps down the adrenalin that keeps his characters in action...Goodness and mercy eventually carry the day, within limits, and this relatively new author may already have potential readers looking forward to his next novel."
-- The Buffalo News

"New history and a fresh take on the same old dirty tricks result in a clever and compelling tale."
-- The National (UAE)

"Abdoh is superb... Tehran at Twilight is an impressive work of fiction...Abdoh's talent is obvious from the first scene in the story until the bittersweet end."
-- CounterPunch Magazine

"Abdoh's Iran is a place where the question isn't if one has been complicit, but rather the extent of one's complicity."
-- What If Knits

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"Abdoh deftly captures the uneasy atmosphere of 2008 Tehran, swirling with betrayal and corruption."
-- Library Journal , Books for the Masses/Editors' Picks BEA 2014

The year is 2008. Reza Malek's life is modest but manageable--he lives in a small apartment in Harlem, teaches "creative reportage" at a local university, and is relieved to be far from the blood and turmoil of Iraq and Afghanistan where he worked as a reporter, interpreter, and sometime lover for a superstar journalist who has long since moved on to more remarkable men.

After a terse phone call from his best friend in Iran, Sina Vafa, Reza reluctantly returns to Tehran. Once there, he finds far more than he bargained for: the city is on the edge of revolution; his friend Sina is embroiled with Shia militants; his missing mother, who was alleged to have run off with a lover before the revolution, is alive and well--while his own life is in danger.

Against a backdrop of corrupt clerics, shady fixers, political repression, and the ever-present threat of violence, Abdoh offers a telling glimpse into contemporary Tehran, and spins a compelling morality tale of identity and exile, the bonds of friendship, and the limits of loyalty.
Publisher: Brooklyn, NY :, Akashic Books,, c2014
ISBN: 9781617752926
Branch Call Number: FIC Abdo
Characteristics: 236 p

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Oct 28, 2014

The great thing about Tehran at Twilight is that it is a hard-nosed look at the Tehran underworld from the eyes of locals. The city comes alive in Abdoh's hands and he captures the machinations of all the special interests at play (and at war). As a no-frills genre read, it's pretty good. Abdoh manages to pack a lot of story into a slim book. Sadly, it doesn't have the complexity of your typical Le Carre book and lacks the lush prose that I crave, but I think that's the stoic, noir style coming through. Toward the end, the book reveals itself less as a traditional thriller and more as a prodigal-son-returns-home tour and quiet exploration of personal loyalties.

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