Zahra's Paradise

Zahra's Paradise

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A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER Set in the aftermath of Iran's fraudulent elections of 2009, Zahra's Paradise is the fictional graphic novel of the search for Mehdi, a young protestor who has vanished into an extrajudicial twilight zone. What's keeping his memory from being obliterated is not the law. It is the grit and guts of his mother, who refuses to surrender her son to fate, and the tenacity of his brother, a blogger, who fuses tradition and technology to explore and explode the void in which Mehdi has vanished.

Zahra's Paradise weaves together fiction and real people and events. As the world witnessed the aftermath of Iran's fraudulent elections, through YouTube videos, on Twitter, and in blogs, this story came into being. The global response to this gripping tale has been passionate--an echo of the global outcry during the political upheaval of the summer of 2009.

Zahra's Paradise is a first on the internet, a first for graphic novels, and a first in the history of political dissidence. Zahra's Paradise is being serialized online.

Zahra's Paradise is a Publishers Weekly Best Comics title for 2011.

Publisher: New York : First Second, c2011
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9781596436428
1596436425
Branch Call Number: Graphic Amir
Characteristics: 255 p. : chiefly ill. ; 23 cm
Additional Contributors: Khalil

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AfrikaSmith
Aug 12, 2017

This Book will make you cry and cheer at the same time. That's all I can say. Check it out.

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babakbob1
Jan 27, 2016

It is a very good book, showing hidden realities and facts in a society living under religious dictatorship. It takes reader into this journey, and shows reader the pain, hope, friendship, love, corruption, bribery,living condition in no-law-land in a best way to somebody from outside Iran. Too bad it has no chance in publishing in Iran.

Vilka Apr 15, 2013

In 2009, a 19-year-old Iranian student goes to a protest and doesn't come home. This moving and thought-provoking novel tells the story of his mother and brother's determined search for him through hospitals, morgues, prisons and bureaucracy, and the odd alliances they encounter. Here we see regular Iranians' struggles and frustrations living under a harsh and corrupt system, things largely hidden from the outside world and happening right now. The mother's words at the end are AMAZING.

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MelissaBee
Feb 10, 2013

"Zahra's Paradise" is a moving example of the power of "mere cartoons" to reach a wide audience with depth and immediacy. If you care about free expression, human rights, and the human spirit, please read this excellent graphic novel.

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acritics
Nov 21, 2012

This graphic novel is an amazing look inside a country and a culture that is normally hidden from the Western world. It is powerful and heartbreaking. While the characters in this book are fictional, the setting and events are based on the reality of life after the protests surrounding the 2009 elections in Iran. This is a well-written and drawn book about an important subject. When we don’t understand others, it becomes easy to depersonalize them. We generally don’t understand the people of Iran and often see no further than a regime with which our country is in conflict. My husband loved this book and would recommend it to anyone with an interest in Iran and the Middle East. I’d go further and say that this is a book most people should read in order to better understand the news and the world around us.

SkycycleX2 Oct 19, 2012

This a beautiful, brutal, heart-breaking, and inspirational story about a family's search to find their missing brother and son who disappeared during the 2009 protests in Iran. If you liked Persepolis you'll love this. If you're interested in a view of Iran from the inside, read this. If you're looking for a skillful and enthralling combination of story, words and art pick this up. I highly recommend it.

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teenlibrz
Sep 06, 2012

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