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Solacers tells the touching story of a 5-year old child's search for family life and safety following the divorce of his parents in Iran during the 1960s. The first child of a heartless father and a discarded mother is left to fend for himself on the streets of Mashhad, seeking food and shelter wherever he can. His lonely early years are an unbelievable tale of cruelty and betrayal on the part of nearly everyone who might be expected to help, save for one aunt who does her best to keep him from starving. But living a harsh and solitary existence has one advantage for this little boy: other than forcing him to be self-reliant, no one attempts to indoctrinate him on rural Iranian society's archaic cultural values and religious beliefs. And so he never accepts his wretched state as fate, choosing instead to dream big dreams about getting an education, having his own family, and starting a new life possibly in the faraway land called America. He makes a plan and by the age of 17 he boards a plane to the land of possibilities, where his dreams eventually also take flight.
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Best Nonfiction Finalist- Stanford University Library- William Saroyan International Prize "If you devoured "The Glass Castle," vividly remember "Angela's Ashes," and were fascinated by "Destined to Witness," if you loved the colorful descriptions, the oriental storytelling and the ornate language of Khaled Hosseini's "The Kite Runner," you will definitely get your money's worth reading "Beraubte Wut-- the German edition of Solacers," by the American author Arion Golmakani."- Joke Brocker, #Westfälische #NachrichtenFrom the Inside Flap:
When I first began to put in words what is now the content of this book-- my account of growing up in Iran-- I did not give much thought as to why, what for, and why now, after all these years, am I writing them? I wasn't thinking about any great purpose my story was going to serve, who its audience was going to be and how it was going to improve or impact their lives, if any. It wasn't my intention to avenge or to vilify places and people with my pen, or to help myself find closure. And definitely, I did not write this book to save the world. The world does not need to be saved if people take care of what is on their own plate and in front of them. If the world needs any saving it should be from the zealous folks who believe it is their responsibility to save it. History shows those intentions often had disastrous consequences.
Writing a book about my childhood was the last thing I wanted to do. I am not into mental regurgitation of events, especially the unpleasant ones. In 2003, after a complex brain surgery, I lost a good portion of my eyesight and became grounded. That provided me with the opportunity to sit, keep my eyes closed, and gaze with my mind at the road of life. After a year or so of this, one day I began to slowly tap away at my old computer's keyboard and painstakingly, one word at a time, write. My intention was to put my story in a book and throw it out into the ocean of life for anyone who wishes to pick it up and read it.
This is not a book about Iran or the Iranian people, for I hardly qualify as an expert in either. This is simply my story, which happened to take place in Iran, though it could have taken place anywhere. I think of my life in Iran as a short journey on a very narrow path with a limited view; therefore, I can describe here only what I was able to see and not all the things that I was not in a position to experience and missed. The Iran that was the stage for my life no longer exists. Like the waters of a river, the Iran that I swam in as a child has long passed through and been replaced with a new one.
Out of respect for the privacy of those folks who played a role in my Iranian life, I have changed their names and locations in this book.
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