The Spell Chanted by Lambs
Author: Reza Ghassemi
ISBN: 9789642667734
First print: 2013
Last print:
Main language: Persian
Page count: 245
Publisher: Candle & Fog Publishing
Translation rights sold:

English (UK): Candle & Fog Publishing

The Spell Chanted by Lambs

The Spell Chanted by Lambs is the first Persian novel that appeared in instalments online. The author tells three apparently unrelated stories from various periods of his life. One narrative involves his childhood in Iran’s southern oil-rich city of Abadan. The narrator comes from a religious family and his father works as a labourer in the National Iranian Oil Company. His early years are spent in a poor Abadan neighbourhood where ignorance, poverty and prejudice become the causes of some harrowing events. These events play an influential role in the narrator’s life well until he becomes a middle-aged man. The next story concerns the succeeding years when the narrator is attempting to construct his fortieth Setar, a traditional musical instrument. This proves to be an almost magical moment that has come after much suffering. The final story is about an operation on the narrator’s eyes and includes his monologues in hospital. In the end, the author artistically weaves these separate narratives into a single story. The Spell Chanted by Lambs is like watching several different films about a person’s life in a nonlinear fashion. The author uses an eloquently original and emotional language to link the past to the future, taking the reader on an unpredictable and surprising journey to the depths of time. More than anything else, this novel is a portrayal of immigration in middle age and its consequences, loneliness and the search for identity.

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