Saturday, February 16, 2008

We Disappear in Flight

Soltanzadeh, Mohammad-Asef. "We Disappear in Flight," in Another Sea, Another Shore: Persian Stories of Migration. Northampton, MA: Interlink Books, 2004

Review by Rebecca Stuhr

Soltanzadeh was born in Afghanistan and moved to Iran in 1986. The protagonist in his story is an Afghan immigrant living with his brother in Tehran when he learns from his uncle that his mother has died in a bomb blast in Afghanistan. Devastated, he now lives in fear of hearing bad news from home. His brother decides to return to Afghanistan, but the main character remains in Iran. He begins to lose his thin grasp on reality as he receives another visit from his uncle.

Soltanzadeh, who has been awarded Iran's Golshiri Literary Award, moved to Denmark in 2002 after Iran deported all Afghanistani immigrants. From what I have been able to find, this is his only work translated into English.

3rd Floor PK 6449.E7 A56 2004

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

It was nice to see your comment on the story. I am a fan of this collection of short stories.

The book which includes this short story created by Asef Soltanzadeh has been translated to English under exactly the same title of this short story: "We disappear in Flight". Peter Bensted the leader of literature festival named "World Wide Words" translated the script, which has not yet found a publisher.