Colonel Alzheimer

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University of New Brunswick


Colonel Alzheimer is a collection of short stories about the ordinary life of a small fictional community in the heart of Iran. Set in a desert town fabled for its heat and sandstorms, the collection presents a society that is trapped between past and present, reality and dreams, modernity and tradition. Although the stories deal with universal subjects, they come to life through small-scale events, and local miracles that have a tremendous influence on the lives of ordinary people. Colonel Alzheimer is also a window into a culture that, in recent years, has been misrepresented by the media and by diasporic writers and memoirists who contribute to prevalent stereotypes about their own people. Although the collection is in some sense a personal tribute, it strives to draw readers’ attention away from ideological, cultural, and political differences and remind us that there are more things that unite people than divide them.