Khanoum, encapsulates the massive upheavals of the twentieth century from a point of view that the English-speaking readership rarely glimpses. The story contains a rich and compelling record of how these historic events affected the lives of a group of people from different parts of the world. We are plunged into the history of a nation struggling to maintain its dignity and culture in a world which, in reality,understands little about it. Conceived as part of the trilogy, Khanoum spans Iran's history under the rule of the Qajars: a dynasty which rose up during the tribal wars of eighteenth-century Iran to capture the Peacock Throne in 1785. The story takes us on a journey through Iran at the turn of the twentieth century, through the life of Khanoum, a naïve, innocent princess born in 1900 in the courts of Qajar. Her life is a gripping story encapsulating the history of Iran and Europe as well as the two world wars. It is a story of betrayal, but fortitude; family upheaval across continents, but national pride held sacred. One also learns mankind's astonishing capacity for pain, and the tenacity with which one carries on by coming to terms with life's agenda regardless of the character and strengths one possesses and displays.
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Born on 27 July 1947 in Tehran, Masoud Behnoud started his career as a journalist in 1964 and became one of the most important and active figures in the trade union of the Iranian journalists. During his career Behnoud produced and presented programmes for the National Iranian Radio and Television, and he founded a number of newspapers and magazines, many of which were banned with the advent of 1979 Islamic revolution of Iran, with the editor and senior members of staff being arrested. An attempt to publish other newspapers later on was met with public interest though they were all closed down. In 1999, a number of intellectuals were murdered in Iran, and much to his horror Behnoud discovered that he was also a target.Review:
"If words are magic, then Behnoud is the supreme magician of the sublime". --Manoutchehr Eskandari-Qajar, President, International Qajar Studies Association (IQSA)
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