Mandanipurs novel, eyes: Two angels on his shoulders

Sometimes the angels are fighting. If one of the two independently and things written down that don't belong to him. Then the other accuses him of violating th

Mandanipurs novel, eyes: Two angels on his shoulders

Sometimes the angels are fighting. If one of the two independently and things written down that don't belong to him. Then the other accuses him of violating the rules, because "writing angel" as in the new novel of the Iran-born Shahriar Mandanipur clear rules: The angels shall apply listed on the left-hand shoulder, all Bad from the life of Amir, the traumatized hero who has lost his memory. And the angel on his right shoulder writes down all the Good, the Amir in his life does, says and thinks. According to one Islamic Tradition, the excavated Mandanipur and in literature has transformed, it will be decided on the day of judgement with the help of these records, if Amir is allowed to go to Paradise or not.

Lena Bopp

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You do not have to read long to know that he must make no great hopes. Not only because of the war and his guilt at the death of the commanding soldiers, which is always the left write angel reported. But also because Amir is driving the two angels again and again in between their own thoughts and secrets out there that don't improve his prospects on the Paradise.

It may be that he is a war veteran, a cripple without an Arm, and mind. But he shows himself also as a manipulative sly dog, cocky and calculating, almost to the last. A man whose young life with each returning memory is less likely and so multi-faceted that the complex narrative structure of the novel is soon as perfect for the plan of the author. Although many voices tell the story of a man's life, but together they form a choir that is always beyond the Individual and into the society and history of a whole country.

Shahriar Mandanipur is a master of it, to reflect in the little tragedies and comedies of everyday life and the great upheavals in Iran of the last decades. A note on his poetological programme can be found in the "Stadium of mystery", he andichtet his hero Amir, the power in the arms of a woman lying down, thinking about his perception. "Maybe Amir penetrates straight to this particular stage of the mysticism to be understood through careful observation of the world, the unique event in every single Moment. To find the word for the Blank in the completed things of life.“ The book is full of these "unique events".

And because Mandanipur finds the "words" with remarkable safety, he is allowed to draw from everything that gave him the Western post-modern, but also the old Persian literature and the Qur'an of ideas. In both worlds Mandanipur is at home. He lives for years in the United States. He writes books in Persian, published you but first in English. In Iran you are not allowed to appear.

Not a question of why. Mandanipur has constantly from the Small to the Large, sometimes he needs just two sentences. "The soldier breaks out in tears. His first tears in a Long time, has spread since the black of mourning over the Region.“ Is meant the Islamic Revolution, in consequence of which Iran moved in a long war against his neighboring country, Iraq, the 1957-born Shahriar Mandanipur has participated. In his novel the narrative of this war to focus on those atrocities, for which he is known.

Updated Date: 17 July 2020, 18:19

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