Eyes in Times of War
By (author) Ali Alizadeh
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Eyes in Times of War by Ali Alizadeh
Book DescriptionThis collection of poems speaks to an individual's place and emotions during war. The wars depicted in this volume - the 'history wars', the Iran-Iraq War of the 1980s, 'the war against terror', 'the clash of civilisations', etc - form the background against which the speaker's language seethes and writhes. These fractured lyrics - or 'antiheroic couplets' - take place in a volatile space in the aftermath of ancient conquests and prior to future atrocities. Here the medieval Persian poet Rumi is seen escaping the Mongolian hordes; Satan debates Archangel Michael at the battle of Heaven and Hell; the Jewish thinker Walter Benjamin contemplates the Holocaust; an imprisoned writer becomes a saviour and a revolutionary radical is branded traitor; an account of the author's experiences of the Islamic Revolution of Iran and the war with Saddam Hussein is narrated; and contemporary Australia is seen as a nation engaged in an unremitting conflict against the land's original inhabitants and its Asian neighbours. History and a desire for peace form the central discourse of this book's poems that deconstruct the desire for war, undermine the beliefs in religious and cultural identity that often provoke wars, and advocate non-participation and a rejection of the glorification of 'us' and the demonisation of the 'other'. Also included in this volume are love poems and translations from works of Sufi mystics to show that the opposite of war is, if not always allowed, then at the very least imaginable in these times of hostility and conflict.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781844712878
(216mm x 140mm x 8mm)
Imprint: Salt Publishing
Publisher: Salt Publishing
Publish Date: 1-Aug-2006
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
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Transactions, Paperback (January 2015)
An electric collection of fiction from the Prime Minister's Prize shortlisted author. Transactions, the first work of prose fiction by Ali Alizadeh, presents a provocative and panoramic view of our contemporary world. Spanning themes such as immigration and globalisation, war and poverty, human trafficking and global warming, sexual abuse and ex...
Ashes in the Air, Paperback (February 2011)
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Iran, Paperback (May 2010)
A vanished, tattered black and white photograph, taken in Tehran in 1946. The image of a sombre and inscrutable middle-aged man called Salman Fuladvand, a lieutenant and controversial police chief under Iran's second last king. This book is a rare and remarkable mix of narrative, memoir, history and personal exploration.
New Angel, Hardback (May 2008)» View all books by Ali Alizadeh
This is the moving story of Bahram and Fereshteh (Persian for angel) growing up in Iran during the Islamic Revolution and the Iran-Iraq war. At its heart is a love story between two adolescents at odds with the society in which they live and the way in which our lives can be changed forever.
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Author Biography - Ali Alizadeh
Ali Alizadeh is an award-winning Iranian-born Australian poet. He migrated to Australia after living through the Islamic Revolution and the Iran-Iraq War, and is a writer of poetry, criticism and plays. The major themes of his works are history, dissent and the dilemmas of religion and spirituality. He holds a PhD in writing from Deakin University Melbourne, and this is his second book. He is currently living and teaching writing in China.
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