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Det här är historien om Irans förlorade generation. De som föddes under shahens förtryck. Arash Hejazi beskriver livet under terrorn: hur folket först välkomnade störtandet av den hatade shahen, bara för att se revolutionen kidnappas av mullorna och övergå i ett skräckvälde ingen kunnat förutse. Så kommer nästa katastrof: Iraks invasion. Människorna tvangs sluta upp bakom ayatollahn, enade inför en yttre fiende. Motståndet hos vanliga människor upphörde dock aldrig, själv växte Arash upp och började göra motstånd, startade bokförlag, översatte västerländsk litteratur och skrev egna romaner. Men varje försök att öppet utmana makten har slagits ned brutalt och skoningslöst. Nu håller världen andan inför det som händer i Mellanöstern. Kommer revolutionerna att leda till något bättre? Och vad var det egentligen som hände i Iran? Kan vi lära något av det? På en personlig prosa skildrar Hejazi Irans moderna historia utifrån först en pojkes och sedan en ung mans perspektiv. En personligt hållen skildring av längtan efter frihet, där myter och historiska fakta blandas med oväntade och inte sällan absurt humoristiska vardagsinteriörer som ger nya perspektiv och utmanar våra föreställningar och fördomar om detta stora och fascinerande land.
Under demonstrationerna 2009 dödades den unga kvinnan Neda av hemliga polisen. Arash befann sig på platsen och försökte förgäves rädda hennes liv. Någon filmade upplivningsförsöken med mobilkamera och lade upp det på Youtube. Blixtsnabbt spreds filmen över hela världen och väckte avsky och fasa. Filmen visade regimens totala förakt för människoliv och tvingade samtidigt Arash att fly, hals över huvud, till Europa där han nu bor.
“Genom sitt personliga vittnesbörd om ett lands komplicerade nutid har Hejazi skapat ett omistligt dokument”, SvD
With a Foreword by Paulo Coelho |363 pages | 5 x 8 | © 2011 | Seagull Books
On June 20, 2009, during demonstrations to protest the contested and controversial Iranian presidential election, a young girl named Neda Agha-Soltan was shot to death in the streets of Tehran. Within hours, the video footage of her death, captured on a roving camera-phone, had circled the globe. It was also the moment of choice for Arash Hejazi – a writer who had originally trained as a doctor – who tried and failed to save Neda’s life. Within days Hejazi left Iran to tell the world the story the government was denying: Neda had died at the hands of the pro-government militia. “The Gaze of the Gazelle” is Hejazi’s personal story of how that tragedy came to be and how it will change the course of politics in Iran for a new generation. In a tale that mingles politics and the personal, mythology and history, Hejazi tries to answer the question: How did it come to this? His quest for an answer leads him through the story of the decades-long aftermath of the Iranian Revolution, when Ayatollah Khomeini was brought back from exile to drive the Shah from his throne and set up the Islamic Republic of Iran. Against the background of Saddam Hussein’s invasion of Iran and the prolonged war that followed, Hejazi skillfully interweaves his own story and those of his family and friends with the machinations of the mullahs and politicians who seek to control Iranian lives. This timely, moving, and eloquent book describes the determination of a new generation to recover hope in the name of Neda, who gave her life in pursuit of a freer and better world.
The doctor who got death threats after trying to save the life of Neda Agha-Soltan, the young woman who became the symbol of the anti-government protests in Iran in 2009.
The Gaze of the Gazelle by Arash Hejazi has appeared this week in the Book Bench Section of the New Yorker, under In the News: A New Psycho, Boozy Books:
“In his new memoir, Arash Hejazi recalls the moment Neda Agha-Soltan was shot, during Iran’s Green Movement protests—as he stood next to her.”
Arash Hejazi smokes hand-rolled cigarettes, which he keeps in a silver case. He speaks a considered, professorial English, idiosyncratic only because of his Iranian accent. Despite having endured much since the summer of 2009, he exudes the guileless energy of a very young man (he is 37).
You may not have heard Hejazi’s name before, but it’s likely that you already know something of his story. During the Green Movement protests that swept across Iran in the summer of 2009, Hejazi was standing next to a young woman when she was shot. He bent over her prostrate body as she lay dying, in an unsuccessful attempt to save her life. A video of those events was posted online and soon became international news: images of Hejazi and the tragic girl were transmitted into hundreds of millions of living rooms. That girl was Neda Agha-Soltan, and she became a symbol of a new Iranian generation, their dream of freedom, and the brutal suppression of that dream.
He’s the doctor who tried to rescue Neda Agha-Soltan, the young woman who was shot during the 2009 protests in Tehran and became an icon of the struggle for democracy there. YouTube: Death of Neda (warning: graphic content)
Arash talks to host Jonathan Groubert about living through four decades of tumult in Iran before finally hitting his breaking point.
The Gaze of the Gazelle is Arash Hejazi’s memoir of growing up and then fleeing Iran.
The violent death of Neda Agha-Soltan is perhaps the most watched in history. The astonishing video which depicts her murder shocked the world when it emerged during the protests following Iran’s 2009 presidential elections. Neda, and thousands more like her, believed that the published result which indicated a clear and unprecedented victory for Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was a consequence of flagrant electoral fraud. She was shot dead at point blank range by a Basiji, a member of the Iranian regime’s voluntary militia, on a crowded street during a peaceful protest. The Basiji’s tactic on that day was to scatter clusters of demonstrators by shooting one individual in each cluster. Arash Hejazi is the man who can be seen in that video wearing a white shirt and blue jeans. He is fruitlessly attempting to prevent the transfusion of Neda’s blood from inside her chest onto the Tehran pavement.
Arash Hejazi’s open letter to Dr Ahmed Shaheed, Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran
Dear Dr Ahmed Shaheed,
Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran,
I am Arash Hejazi, an Iranian physician, writer, publisher and journalist, and the Doctor who tried to save the young girl shot to death by the Iranian Basij or the pro-government militia, orchestrated by the Revolutiosnary Guards of the Islamic Republic of Iran. I then spoke up about the circumstances of hear death to the international media and for that I have lost my publishing house in Iran, I have been prosecuted and persecuted, and I have had to go on exile, leaving my family and my life behind.
I read your Special Report with interest, and while I appreciate your efforts on producing an accurate image on the dyre situation of human rights in Iran, I would like to bring to your attention that what you have presented in your report, is just the tip of an immense iceberg of years of undermining human and basic rights of the citizens of Iran.
You didn’t mention,
Source: Middle East Book Review
We talk about the tyranny of the Shah of Iran and the even worse tyranny of the Mullah’s that followed. We talk about the politics of Iran today and its role in terrorism, violence and the instability of the Middle East. We talk about the conflict that the United States started using their dictator pal Saddam Hussein, and quickly forget the hardships that were wrought on the people of Iran and also Iraq. And we talk about the Middle East conflict as if it is just another story.
Yet what we don’t talk about are the lives that were destroyed and permanently altered, reshaped violently and the many deaths, most of the dead are names and faces we will never know or see.
Iran has been but a political square in a political debate. But it is a nation of enslaved people, enslaved under the pro-Western backed tyrant the Shah Reza Pahlavi and then by the Ayatollah Khomeini and then again by the little dictator President Ahmedinejad.
Arash Hejazi tells the story to the Western World that is so ignorant of the facts of the Middle East and the Persian Gulf and the Islamic World in a way that puts a human face on its cover. “The Gaze of the Gazelle” is a poignant retelling of all the history we have accepted as political rhetoric in a human form. The story of real people who were impacted by our policies and our political viciousness and our stereotyped rhetoric and racism in America.