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The Smell of Wet Bricks is a pioneering short novel in English by a Kurdish author. ”The smell of wet bricks” is a fresh voice from a region marked by violence and wars over a century. An author from Kurdistan in Iran, Parvizpur “craves to become the voice of a rich repository of powerful stories.”
“His life was not empty of excitement; never did he have a monotonous life, and, even now that his body is lying in a corner thereunder a tree, never will he be immune from menace. Wanderer, nomad, homeless, or whatever you may call him will not make a change in his path, since he is an emperor. Nothing else matters to him except for his mission. He is in thorough possession of freedom and, equally, emancipated from any kind of blameworthiness.”
“The girl closes the notebook. She thinks about the day that she can go to Resho’s room to be exposed to his inspirations. She would smell the bricks of his room’s wall from which Resho detached its plasters to pour water on them. He loved the smell of wet bricks.”
Chia Parvizpur is a 29-year-old Kurdish author born in Sanandaj, the Kurdistan of Iran. He plays Tamura and teaches English for a living. Having studied English Literature with the intention of writing creative works of fiction in English, he opts for reviving his folk culture, myth, and history. In this way, he desires to unearth erstwhile pangs that would otherwise remain veiled and repressed in the labyrinths of time and place.
Publisher: Transnational Press London
Published: 27 August 2018
Binding: Perfect-bound Paperback
Interior Ink: Black & white
Weight (approx.): 0.17 kg
Dimensions (approx.): 10.8cm wide x 17.48cm tall