by Saeed Yousef
TWO NEW BOOKS surface, with urgency, the 1980s executions of thousands of political prisoners in Iran. Voices of a Massacre: Untold Stories of Life and Death in Iran, 1988 provides a multifaceted record of state violence and its astounding impacts. It arrays testimony and analysis from prison survivors, grief-mobilized activist mothers, and the grown children of the executed, placing these alongside historical essays and documents that consider both the event and its aftermath. Survivors here provide not just testimonial but analysis, vision, and leadership. Nasser Mohajer’s substantial compilation is a vital contribution to the record of this still-suppressed history.
Lives Lost: In Search of a New Tomorrow is an illustrated, bilingual edition of Saeed Yousef’s remarkable 1994 poem about the mass executions of the 1980s. Using traditional rubä’ï stanzas, Lives Lost triggers an artistic confrontation with state terror that resonates powerfully with Mohajer’s volume…..
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