A Man in Permanent Exile
ISBN: 9789648175028
First print: 2004
Last print: 2013
Main language: Persian
Page count: 277
Publisher: Roozbahan Publications
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A Man in Permanent Exile

“When you fail to come to terms with the times or with those who are in positions of power and their henchmen, or when you don’t blindly repeat what the fools say, your soul will inevitably be sent into exile on a permanent basis. Insisting on your defiant attitude – even if you lead a very quiet life in your resistance – will prompt them to displace you, throw you in jail, or even hang you. I’m sorry ma’am. I didn’t start this war. But you are suffering as a result of it.” 

A Man in Permanent Exile is a historical novel by Nader Ebrahimi. The novel that centers on the life story of a well-known philosopher has been reprinted ten times by Roozbehan Publishing Co. In this book the author has incorporated a fluid historical story into in-depth intellectual and philosophical concepts. The final product is a book attractive to both: those who are interested in historical-philosophical writings and those who like novels in general. The fluid, rhythmic language of the book, coupled with humor, has made it all the more interesting to the readers.

The story is set in a featureless desert in Iran. Intrigued by religious dogmatists, the king has ordered Molasadra and his family exiled to the desert region. A flashback in the second chapter takes the reader back to Molasadra’s childhood before returning to his exile at the present. The time warp continues throughout the story. That seems to be designed to be a break from the boring routine which is usually associated with many historical novels. In each of these time warps, a new element of suspense is worked into the story. This – introduction of new ups and downs – is intended to render the novel more appealing to the readers.

No doubt, Ebrahimi is a romance writer, and A Man in Permanent Exile is more of a riveting romance than anything else. However, it’s difficult to definitively label the book as purely romantic or intellectual. Toward the end of the story, the masterful combination of these two elements makes the reader regret the fact that he is about to put down the book, although the best of its contradictions and hopes are still streaming in his mind. All these have turned A Man in Permanent Exile into a break with tradition.

 

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