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Publication date: November 8, 2022
A breathtaking journey through Iran where war and superstition, jealousy and betrayal, passion and loyalty rage behind the impenetrable walls of the ruined mansions and houses of the Jewish Quarter.
Against the tumultuous backdrop of World War II, Dr. Yaran finds himself trapped in the thrall of the anti-Semitic Governor General, the most powerful man in the country. Dr. Yaran falls in love with the Governor General’s defiant wife, Velvet, upending not only the life of the doctor’s beloved daughter, but that of the entire community. On his quest to save everything and everyone he loves, Dr. Yaran will navigate the intersections of magic, science, lust, and betrayal. His only ally is the Governor General’s servant, an exotic eunuch, who will do anything to help his mistress on her perilous quest for forbidden love.
With World War II as a backdrop, the author Dora Levy Mossanen crafts a unique story centering on a Jewish man in Tehran whose skills as a dentist are sought after by powerful Muslims, leading him to face a life-changing choice.
Love and war in the Jewish quarter opens as Soleiman Yaran receives a royal summons to provide dental care for the Queen. The author brings the story to life by contrasting the difference between the Jewish and Muslim communities. Jews were considered “impure”, so Yaran’s selection was an honor.
However, all is not calm in Tehran as World War II unfolds. Planes dropping leaflets, plus the presence of soldiers, make for a tumultuous time. Yaran faces a family tragedy that pits his scientific mind against generations of superstition.
The focal point of the story, however, is Yaran’s love for a married woman. The author cleverly depicts the forbidden nature while showing how hideous the woman’s powerful husband is. Yaran has to make a decision about the future with his little daughter in mind.
Love and war in the Jewish quarter stands out as a first-rate work of historical fiction. Heavily steeped in the cultures of the time, the end result is a riveting story with dynamic characters.
Dora Levy Mossanen He was born in Israel and moved to Iran when he was nine years old. At the beginning of the Islamic revolution, she and her family fled to the United States. The winner of the San Diego State University Editor’s Choice Award and the author of Harem, a widely acclaimed novel translated into numerous languages, Dora Levy Mossanen lives in beverly hills, california