Publisher: Temple University Press (January 15, 2001)
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"I think i'm the wandering Jew who has no position to which she belongs. i assumed i'll quiet down, yet cannot think staying. at any time when i purchased a bar of cleaning soap and got here within the package deal, i assumed there will be little need to shop for a package deal of 2 simply because i'd by no means final during the moment. Why? simply because I knew i used to be returning to Iran - the next day. So too, i might purchase the smallest dimension toothpastes and jars of oil. placing down roots here's an impossibility." those are the phrases of 1 Iranian emigre, pushed from Tehran via the revolution of 1979. they're echoed again and again during this robust portrayal of loss and survival. Impelled via those phrases and her personal matters approximately nationality and id, Zohreh Sullivan has collected jointly the following the voices of sixty exiles and emigres. they arrive from quite a few ethnic and spiritual backgrounds and diversity in age from 13 to eighty-eight. even if so much are from the center classification, they paintings in numerous occupations within the usa. yet no matter what their variations, right here they're all engaged in remembering the prior, generating a discourse approximately their lives, and negotiating the stricken transitions from one tradition to a different. not like many different Iranian oral background initiatives, "Exiled thoughts" appears to be like on the reconstruction of reminiscence and id via diasporic narratives, via a spotlight at the Americas instead of on Iran. The narratives incorporated right here exhibit the advanced ways that occasions and locations rework identities, how in a single day radicals develop into conservatives, acquaintances develop into enemies, the powerful turn into susceptible. certainly, the narratives themselves serve this functionality - helping move or rework energy and determine credibility. They display a various staff of individuals within the means of knitting the tale of themselves with the tale of the collective after it's been torn aside. writer observe: Zohreh T. Sullivan is Professor of English on the college of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. She is the writer of "Narratives of Empire: The Fictions of Rudyard Kipling" and editor of the Norton variation of "Kipling's Kim".