The Gaze of the Gazelle

The Story of a Generation

Arash Hejazi

The Gaze of the Gazelle

Arash Hejazi

Distributed for Seagull Books

With a Foreword by Paulo Coelho
363 pages | 5 x 8 | © 2011
Cloth $21.00 ISBN: 9781906497903 Published September 2011 World sales rights except India

On June 20, 2009, during demonstrations to protest the contested and controversial Iranian presidential election, a young girl named Neda Agha-Soltan was shot to death in the streets of Tehran. Within hours, the video footage of her death, captured on a roving camera-phone, had circled the globe. It was also the moment of choice for Arash Hejazi—a writer who had originally trained as a doctor—who tried and failed to save Neda’s life. Within days Hejazi left Iran to tell the world the story the government was denying: Neda had died at the hands of the pro-government militia.  The Gaze of the Gazelle is Hejazi’s personal story of how that tragedy came to be and how it will change the course of politics in Iran for a new generation.

In a tale that mingles politics and the personal, mythology and history, Hejazi tries to answer the question: How did it come to this? His quest for an answer leads him through the story of the decades long aftermath of the Iranian Revolution, when Ayatollah Khomeini was brought back from exile to drive the Shah from his throne and set up the Islamic Republic of Iran.

Against the background of Saddam Hussein’s invasion of Iran and the prolonged war that followed, Hejazi skillfully interweaves his own story and those of his family and friends with the machinations of the mullahs and politicians who seek to control Iranian lives. This timely, moving, and eloquent book describes the determination of a new generation to recover hope in the name of Neda, who gave her life in pursuit of a freer and better world.

Foreword by Paulo Coelho

Part I: Autumn 1978–Summer 1980
Part II: Autumn 1980–Summer 1988
Part III: Summer 1988–1998
Part IV: 1995–1999
Part V: 2000–2005
Part VI: 2005–2008
Part VII: 2009–2010

Review Quotes
New Republic
“Arash Hejazi’s heartfelt, well-written book speaks for a generation of Iranians. Many of them, like Hejazi, were driven into exile abroad by the regime’s brutality and arbitrariness. Many . . . gave their lives for an Iran governed by the rule of law rather than the whims of an autocrat.”
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