Featuring two interconnected stories set in contemporary Iran, Shiraz Diaries & Jallad tells the story of a young girl’s growing up in pre-revolutionary Iran and her traumatic experiences during and after the Islamic Revolution. Jallad (executioner), on the other hand deals with the hallucinatory world of a novelist working on a fiction — that focuses on some of the female characters introduced to the reader in the diaries.
Dr. Kaveh Afrasiabi has taught political science at Tehran University, Boston University, and Bentley College. Afrasiabi has been a visiting scholar at Harvard University, UC Berkeley, Binghamton University, Center For Strategic Research, Tehran and Institute For Strategic Studies in Paris.
The author would also be interested in a translation into French of his work. He can be contacted via his website
Editor: A fictional Foucault appears in the pages of this novel. An extract from an earlier version of the novel:
A suburb of Paris, 1986. Professor Foucault was serious but sarcastic. I could barely hear him with all the television and children noise in the background; holding the phone tightly against my ear, I laughed after hearing his reply to my remark that I thought he had passed away a year or so ago. “I am afraid the news about my death have been extremely, extrement, exaggerated.” We then got on with business. He wanted to know how far I had progressed and how soon I could finish the translation and send it to him. From the way he talked, I got a feeling that he might have wanted to drop the “extrement” from his sarcastic remark. “I have gone to a great length to find you,” he said, “you did not leave a forwarding address in Geneva. I was lucky to run into Dr. Zarabi who happens to know Mr. Farahi, who I understand is a friend of yours. He kindly furnished me with your telephone number.”