07 Nov

Scorpion on Andimeshk Railway Stairs

  • 118065-400x250Title: Scorpion on Andimeshk Railway Stairs, or This Train is Bleeding, Sir!
  • Series: Contemporary Iranian Fiction
  • Author: Hossein Mortezai’ean Abkenar
  • Genre: Novel – War Literature
  • Publisher: Nashr-e Ney
  • Release Date: 2006

 

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A peerless war (anti-war) novel, Scorpion on Andimeshk Train Stairs offers a real life-like account of Iranian troops’ encounter with the Iraqi army in the south of Iran, chemical bombardments and the unrepresentable darker side of defeat, suffering and sorrow of the people and soldiers. Yet the novel is anything but a realistic war novel. Based on exaggeration and Keitch, form in this novel supersedes content. It also distances from the dominant Holy Defense discourse of the imposed war and intentionally avoids tragic or epic tones. It is recently translated to French.

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