The gardens of consolation parisa reza this is a love story a story of family and a story of striving for a better life in post wwi iran that is filled with wonderful characters including an literate woman whose ferocious protectiveness towards her family makes her an unforgettable heroine. The gardens of consolation parisa reza adriana hunter on amazoncom free shipping on qualifying offers a publishers weekly best book of 2016 parisa reza has written a powerful love story filled with scenes of hope and heartbreak centered around an iranian woman named talla. Jan 6 2017 the gardens of consolation heralds the arrival of yet another prodigiously talented french iranian author parisa reza whose outstanding debut novel like the works of marjane satrapi and fariba hachtroudi voices a side of iran rarely glimpsed in western media shelf awareness. In gardens of consolation one of the main characters becomes a supporter of mohammad mossadegh the democratically elected prime minister of iran who served from 1951 1953 until he was ousted in a coup dtat backed by the american cia and the british sis mossadegh was born in tehran in 1882 into a well connected family his father mirza hedayat ashtiani was irans minister of finance . For all the tumult that it portrays however the gardens of consolation is a serene epic that proceeds at a stately pace in this translation from the french reza was born in tehran in 1965 but has lived in france since the age of seventeen even the most brutal act is described with almost magisterial composure
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