The House That War Minister Built by Elahe Dayton

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An epic family saga of twentieth century Iran: An Iranian family struggles for redemption amid the conflicts between a medieval religion and a modernizing population, between emerging nationalism and foreign repression. Only one of them will succeed, on her death bed in a strange land.

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Andrew Imbrie Dayton received his undergraduate degree from Princeton, and advanced doctoral degrees from the University of Pennsylvania, in Philadelphia, where he met and married Elahe. He subsequently did postdoctoral studies at Harvard and now lives in the Washington, DC area. He has previously published short fiction in the Potomac Review and is a contributing editor for the Washington Independent Review of Books. Elahe Talieh Dayton was born, raised, and educated in Iran, eventually earning a doctorate from the University of Tehran. Subsequently she immigrated to the United States to study at the University of Pennsylvania, where she met and married Andy and earned another doctoral degree, followed by postdoctoral work at Harvard.
Published September 18, 2011 by Octavio Books. 299 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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By delivering this bevy of interlocking portraits, the authors paint an image of Persian life more vibrant and realistic than any single history.

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Washington Independent Review of Books

The end of the book is taken up with the stories of Shoreh, Nargess’ granddaughter, raped and blinded by the Pahlavis and stoned to death by Khomeini minions, and Nargess’ two daughters, half sisters who, throughout their lives, love the same man.

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For example, while chiding War Minister’s son Vali for his dallying with a mistress, Nargess recites a line from Rumi, “Love of gold is dross, love of beauty sin,” and in the next scene, War Minister deflowers his son Vali’s beloved Rakshandeh, “His Father said nothing, but stood beside the vomit...

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