The Place of Stones

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Publication Date
September 2017
Page Count
248 pages
Trim Size
6 x 9
ISBN
0-8101-3575-2

The Place of Stones

A Novel
Ali Hosseini

The Place of Stones is Ali Hosseini’s newly translated fi rst novel, his second book to appear in English. In it, he paints a vivid portrait of Sangriz, a village in the southern part of Iran where life has been disrupted by industrialization and the Iranian Revolution of 1979.

Haydar and Jamal are best friends, and their families have always made their living from the land in the foothills of Iran’s Zagros Mountains. Haydar is a dreamer who searches the hills for an ancient treasure called the Black Globe. Jamal is in love with Haydar’s sister, Golandam, and he attempts to accommodate himself to modernization as a way to create a better life for the two of them. The rapacious conversion of farmland to brick factories draws the trio into escalating confl ict with the village landlord.

As Jamal, Haydar, and their families confront land reform, industrialization, revolution, and war, their lives are pulled forcefully toward the explosive events that will change them all. In masterfully crafted prose that never sinks into sentimentality, The Place of Stones illuminates how a lost past continues to shape the present.
About the Author

ALI HOSSEINI is the author of the novel The Lemon Grove (Curbstone/Northwestern, 2012). The Place of Stones (Sangriz) and two short-story collections were published in Iran, and his short fi ction has appeared in Persian in the United States in PAR Monthly and Persian Book Review. His work in English has been published in Epoch, StoryQuarterly, Guernica, Tweed’s, Fiction International, American Letters & Commentary, and elsewhere. He lives in the Boston area.
Reviews

"This is a careful portrait of a land and a people ravaged by war. Hosseini provides a voice for those people who never make the news reports or the history books—the common people for whom the land is sacred. This is a story of the Middle East that we don’t get from the headlines, but it is also a novel with a significant story to tell." —Lee Martin, author of The Bright Forever and Late One Night

“In evocative and rich language, we are informed about the customs of village life: weddings, mourning, burials, and religious ritual—some of which are now only a memory—and the caring and callousness of people. Hosseini ushers us into the internal worlds of these young men and women of the village and reminds us of the terrible challenges, choices, and suffering many of them experienced in the 1960s, '70s, and '80s. The Place of Stones will be outstanding reading for anyone who hopes to enter the worlds of non-elite, non-urban Iranians.” —Mary Elaine Hegland, author of Days of Revolution: Political Unrest in an Iranian Village

"Hosseini... offers a powerful look at how outside forces shape rural life. The novel provides a rich sense of time and place, and a recently vanished lifestyle."