Drinking Arak Off an Ayatollah's Beard by Nicholas Jubber

Drinking Arak Off an Ayatollah's Beard by Nicholas Jubber

Author:Nicholas Jubber
Language: eng
Format: epub
Publisher: Da Capo Press
Published: 2010-04-13T04:00:00+00:00

This was as far as Tahmineh read. She closed the book slowly, a palm on the top cover, her face stiff. Her bottom lip disappeared under her top teeth and she looked down at the picture of Ferdowsi on the cover as if she were seeing something else under all the swirling black and green lines. This was the Shahnameh at its most immediate, cutting away the centuries of distance and speaking to personal experience. I wanted to ask what she was thinking, what she was seeing as she stared through the cover. But it was enough just to catch her eye, alight like a flame at its fullest. As she pulled herself away from the book, I sensed the lid had lifted just a little over her secret. She presented the book like a gift, with her politest expression and both palms outstretched. Before I could think of anything to say, the door had closed behind her.



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