Published by: Hachette Australia
Release Date: 01/04/2008
Contributors: Banafsheh Serov
Genre: Biography, Iran's Revolution, Memoir, Migrant stories, Refugee stories
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Banafsheh is eight when the revolution begins in Iran. At first, her family are jubilant about the collapse of the Shah’s rule and the return of Ayatollah Khomeini, but they quickly realise that Iran has traded one dictator for another, more ruthless ruler.
Banafsheh’s parents, Kamal and Nina, struggle with the harsh laws of the new revolutionary Iran. Khomeini s revolutionary guard, the Komiteh, patrols the streets, enforcing Islamic codes of dress and behaviour, and dispatching harsh justice to perceived enemies of the revolution. They drag Nina’s father in for questioning, interrogate Nina and put Kamal on a stop-list, so he cannot leave the country.
Fearing for the safety of their two children, Kamal and Nina decide the family must flee their beloved country, leaving behind their extended family and friends. But the only way to escape is to take the dangerous route across the Turkish mountains.
One family's journey through the turmoil of the 1978 revolution, when Ayatollah Khomeini came to power in Iran, and their escape over the mountains to Turkey, and ultimately to Australia.
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A heartfelt memoir of a young Australian-Iranian girl that reads like a page turner. The right mix of history, politics, culture, raw human emotions and suspense ensured that I had a hard time putting this one down. A timely book written in a simple, eloquence, unpretentious language, 'Under a Starless Sky' is as pleasing to the senses as good wine is to the pallette - 4 Stars Belinda via Goodreads
Even with the pain and suffering she and her family endured, Banafsheh is still full of spirit and has accomplished so much!! I highly recommend her book to EVERYONE!!! it's a MUST READ!! - 5 Stars Annie via Goodreads