6 THE COLONEL
By Mahmoud Dowlatabadi
Published by Haus
Price 9.99 [pounds sterling] paperback
The author sets the scene: a pitch-black, rainy night in a small Iranian town. Inside his house, the Colonel is immersed in memories: of his wife, of the great patriots of the past, all of them assassinated or executed, of his children, who had joined the different factions of the 1979 revolution. There is a knock on the door. Two young policemen have come to summon the Colonel to collect the body of his...