Fattah is middle-aged and unmarried. A former hospital janitor who
became rich working as a torturer in Tehran s notorious Evin
Prison, he now moonlights as an uncertified backstreet doctor
specializing in honour surgery for unmarried young women. Fattah
has nothing but contempt for these women; that is until the
beautiful Shahrzad lands on his operating table, and soon he is
dangerously infatuated. Undeterred that she is promised to and in
love with another man, the younger and less affluent Mostafa,
Fattah sets out to win Shahrzad by any means. Robbed of his bride,
the jilted and furious Mostafa launches a desperate plan to move
her beyond his rival s reach by falsely reporting her as an
opponent of the regime, a mission that takes him deep into Tehran s
underworld of criminals and provocateurs. In Amir Cheheltan s
critically acclaimed and searing novel his first to be translated
into English power and corruption in post-revolutionary Iran are
exposed through the actions of two men who work to exploit the
chaos and confusion for their own benefit. The result is a
provocative tale of a divided society where religious devotion and
cruelty often go hand in hand."
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