The Sorrow of Mona Lisa
Author: Shahrokh Giva
ISBN: 9786006846033
First print: 2013
Last print: 2nd, 2014
Main language: Persian
Page count: 196
Publisher: Cheshmeh Publications
 
 
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The Sorrow of Mona Lisa

Text Title: lost in the maze of memories

Soutitle: Bahram is lost in the maze of his memories, shifting back to the past and occasionally depicting his doleful present.

Sentence: This story can only be told for someone of a hearing ear. With a box of cigarette maybe two or three left and then nothing is needed to start….

Short intro:

The narrator is a middle aged man named Bahram. Born in a home where every member had a part in a traditional street performance, all among the first inhabitants of Tehran, he is one of the few survivors in the mansion, the rest have either died, left Iran or like Bahram, took refuge in a state of oblivion. Back then Tehran was nothing but a barren land, a handful of habitants and a few towers and mansions. Bahram is lost in the maze of his memories, shifting back to the past and occasionally depicting his doleful present. His youthful ambitions have been that of changing the world, a passionate cinema lover with an avid interest in the politics is now reduced to an old man, dragging himself out of his rusty dark apartment and riding to his supermarket on a worn out motorbike everyday. His rich archive of magazines and newspapers along with film negatives, remainders of his unsuccessful attempt in making his first movie, rot in the market’s cellar, reminding him of his failures. His only escape form the dreadful present is the past and its people thus the narrator travels back taking the readers with him to meet the mansion’s former residents.

Long Introduction