The Guard
ISBN: 9786006846415
First print: 2013
Last print: 2014
Main language: Persian
Page count: 228
Publisher: Cheshmeh Publications
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The Guard

Siamak’s life has been entwined with adventure since his childhood. He would learn hunting beside his father, lose both his parents in an accident and become impotent, unable to conceive with his wife. Yet he continues to live, habituates himself to an ordinary life in the capital and has a caring relationship with a lover, Roshanak. Siamak lives a plain existence. His only anguish is his inability to father children with Roshanak.

As part of a work project, Siamak travels to southern Iran with a group of co-workers to supervise oil and gas pipes of their petrochemical company. There he encounters Kapar[1] inhibitors, claiming ancestral authority over all southern lands standing against the company and the piping agenda. They request financial compensation, stage an uprising and leave the company representatives with no other choice than confrontation.

In an unplanned conflict, Siamak accidentally kills Shakib, a member of the local Kapar opposition clan. He buries him in haste and flees back to Tehran, seeking refuge aside Roshanak he then proceeds to escape to the mountains on the western borders hoping to secretly leave Iran.


[1] Shed or tent


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