Sep 15, Print Friendly, PDF & Email Print. zahra Zahra's Paradise was first serialized as a web comic at Zahra's Paradise is his first graphic novel. Dec 16, Zahra's Paradise skillfully employs the story of one family to elucidate a tenuous historical moment in Iran, Print Friendly, PDF & Email Print. Zahra's Paradise is a webcomic and graphic novel by Amir Soltani and Khalil set in modern . Print/export. Create a book · Download as PDF · Printable version.
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Set in the aftermath of Iran's fraudulent elections of , Zahra's Paradise is the fictional story of the search for Mehdi, a young protestor who has vanished into. Zahra's Paradise book. Read reviews from the world's largest community for readers. Set in the aftermath of Iran's fraudulent elections of "Set in the aftermath of Iran's fraudulent elections of , Zahra's Paradise is the fictional story of the search for Mehdi, a young protestor who has vanished into an extrajudicial twilight zone. story by Amir & Khalil ; written by Amir ; artwork by Khalil. Tehran, Iran,
The tragedy is personal. Its details and dimensions are unfathomable. It is also legal, political, religious, and cultural. They tread helplessly from street to police station, hospital to morgue, and prison to cemetery, spurned at every step by unhelpful or dissembling bureaucrats, abetted by friends and sympathetic strangers, and dogged by menacing regime thugs. The story is fictional but wholly recognizable, emblematic of grieving mothers who to this day continue to badger the regime about their disappeared children. The reader skips eagerly across the pages to discover the fate of the characters and their desperate search, returning only later to appreciate the sometimes stunning imagery.
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U4I: What as the driving force behind the book? They are the ones who have had an impact on us, and the rest of the world, not the other way round. The canvass upon which they cried for justice and freedom was their bodies and the ink was their blood and tears — their yearning and their love for life, their demand for dignity, their courage and their majesty.
They are the ones whose faith in life shook the foundations of death and deceit, not only in Iran, but also throughout the Arab world and beyond. So in a way, all of us live inside their Iran. U4I: How does using the graphic-novel-as-medium elevate its impact? What advantages do you think there are to presenting in this way? When it comes to protest, the graphic novel is the ultimate weapon: fast, easy, flexible, cheap and accessible.
When you are making a documentary film, you are constrained by the demands of the camera. You have to be present at an event at the time it happens. Light, sound, film can all conspire against you. You need a crew. And it all costs money. Not so with the graphic novel. All you need to do is imagine reality — so your lens can be as wide and open as all your senses. And all you need is a pen or a pencil. So the form is an expression of freedom.
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Write a review Rate this item: Preview this item Preview this item. Zahra's paradise Author: Amir ; Khalil Publisher: New York: First Second, Print book: Secondary senior high school: 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"--Publisher's web site. Find a copy online Links to this item null.
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Add a review and share your thoughts with other readers. Hardcover Verified download. I really don't know how this book slipped past me, but now here I am reviewing it and telling you how much you should read it. This book has some of the best art work I've ever seen, now I don't know why but I find this art work beautiful.
My compliments to the artist. The book has a great storyline of an event that took place in Iran, where an earthquake to place If I remember during a protest and many the Iranian saw it as an opportunity to arrest these activist.
The main character is a mother trying to find her son, who got lost in the mist of this disaster. The story also has a good message on how a little kindness goes a long way and how coming together can hopefully make a diffrence.
However the ending is bittersweet and made me sad, and angry for her. I really recommend this book for anyone but it should be read for advanced readers, and it is gruesome at times so be warned.
This isn't a fairy tale so don't expect this to turn out like a Disney movie. This is based off true events, while the story may be false maybe many people did have to go through this kind of thing and it's heartbreaking.
This graphic novel had me teary eyed, laughing, thinking, and learning. I've read maybe two other books on the lives of people in Iran - our media does not do the situation justice and I'm not sure it ever could. But what about the people there? Books like this serve as poignant reminders that a country is not made up elected officials and media outlets - it's made up of people.
People who can be rich or poor, male or female, gay or straight, etc. Zahra's paradise is the tale of a courageous mother looking for her son. It is also the story of her oldest son looking for, not only his brother, but also meaning within the structure that is his country.
The artwork goes a long way in illustrating that sense of supreme confusion. The Islamic Republic is like a maze strangling the individuals that must live and work within a system similar to ones we've seen in other nation's.
Yet, the mother does what she can and hits every barrier until she can get an answer and she doesn't do it alone. Like another book I highly recommend, "Reading Lolita in Tehran" which you may want to read BEFORE reading this text, you begin to see a picture of Iran that isn't necessarily so far away from western people.
What I especially love about this book is that, despite how I may be making it seem - it's not really a political book. At least not at it's core. If anything the book is a call for compassion, mercy, understanding, and unity. download this book. If you forget everything else I say then just remember that point alone: This is as good as it gets.
The words and pictures combine very well to keep a complicated story moving. Artistically, there are long-running artistic themes from panel to panel as well as spreads that add to the artistry of the script.
The imagery is always amazing. Individual panels often have powerful artistic effects and always have beautiful pictures. This artistic vision holds its own against the best comics.
It is easy to dote on the art, which is rich, expressive, and organic. The writing and story also stand out. Mehdi is a fictional protestor who goes missing. His college-age brother and mother try to find out what happened to Mehdi.
The comic evokes political figures like Ayatollahs, mullahs, and Neda. It could have easily been written as a hard-boiled detective story but the author went out of his way to write a story with tangible characters who act logically. I absolutely loved it and recommend it to everyone. Purely amazing.
This book is amazing! I loved this Graphic novel? Graphic blog? I'm not sure what the correct term is for "Zahra's Paradise", because I've never read anything like it. Reminiscent of "Maus" and "Persepolis", it is an enthralling look at life under a totalitarian government, told from the inside.
The art and writing mesh beautifully, and the story moves along at a brisk pace.