Zahra’s Paradise: Day One of Ten Days of Peace!
Each Ten Days of Peace blog post will begin with information, followed by reflection.
Meet the Author of Zahra’s Paradise! Connect our local struggle for peace and justice with the struggle in Iran.
September 11, 2012, 6 PM, The Oakland Peace Center (111 Fairmount Ave., Oakland, CA 94607)
To honor “Axis of Friendship Day,” and in partnership with Faith Voices for the Common Good, the Oakland Peace Center is hosting a conversation with the author of Zahra’s Paradise, to recognize our connection to peace and justice work around the world.
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.