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Published on Mar 6, 2012
Set in the aftermath of Iran's fraudulent elections of 2009, Zahra's Paradise is the fictional story of the search for Mehdi, a young protestor who has disappeared in the Islamic Republic's gulags. Mehdi has vanished in an extrajudicial twilight zone where habeas corpus is suspended. What stops his memory from being obliterated is not the law. It is the grit and guts of a mother who refuses to surrender her son to fate and the tenacity of a brother—a blogger—who fuses culture and technology to explore and explode absence: the void in which Mehdi has vanished.
The author Amir is an Iranian-American human rights activist, journalist and documentary filmmaker. Here he talks with Drewery Dyke, Amnesty International Iran researcher, about the themes of the book and how it was made.