Book review

The Wound of Cold Rocks

Memoirs of Gholam Hassan Nejat Bakhsh of Kurdestan and west of the country

In the introduction of his book, the author of "The Wound of Cold Rocks" quotes the above sentence from Fidel Castro – the leader of Cuban independence. Because in his opinion, the expression of such a sentence by someone who is a seasoned guerrilla in every sense and gained the independence of his nation through this method of war, shows the prominence of the work of our combatants in the western regions and Kurdestan.

An Overview of the Book “Forsan”

Oral History of the Ear Cutters in Ilam

"Forsan" has a simple and almost faded cover that looks yellow and is designed using a photo in the appendices; According to the caption, when we carefully stare at its pale components, gradually, we see a group of operation intelligence guys and a number of warriors — some standing and some sitting — appear in front of us as if from the mists of the time. In the opening statement of the acknowledgement, ...

A Reading of the Book: “Guy of the Mall”

Memoir by Hamid Ghasemi

“I woke up with the sound of gunshots. I looked and saw they were Iraqis! They were very close to us. The guys were shooting. We knew if we acted late, we would be massacred. I shot at the Iraqis. My magazine became empty. At the same time, I saw an Iraqi coming up from the fort! He had a big and well-trained body; I was terrified! I was confused. ...

A Short Review of the Book “Literature of I”

A Way to Comprehend Autobiographies and Personal Narratives

Seemingly simple lines between the two main and sub-titles of the book turn into an eloquent design on the cover in which the three excerpts on the back of the cover express the same content in a clear and explicit way. The shortest and of course the most general description is in the first two or three lines: “Literature of I (Adabiat-e Man) is a comprehensive book about the genres of ‘life’ ...

A Short Review of the Book “Oral Memories of Holy Defense Narrated by Mohsen Pakyari”

19th Fajr Division Deputy of Operation

On the book cover and back of the book “Oral Memoirs of Holy Defense Narrated by Mohsen Pakyari” is also decorated with a picture of the narrator and a short text, respectively, like other books of oral history series of the Center for Documents and Research of Holy Defense. As with the other works in this collection, the title page comes first, then the CIP and content pages are placed.

Book Review:

“Oral History of Holy Defense Narrated by Ali Asghar Zarei”

Electronic warfare (EW)

We read in the book preface: “One of the most influential units in the battles of the Eight Years of Holy Defense was Electronic Warfare (in Persian Jangal) unit. By monitoring activities of the enemy, from the front lines to the depth of the battle area, through electronic devices and plunderous walkie-talkies, and analyzing their information, the troops of this unit obtained valuable data on position and strength of the enemy; ...

A Review of the Book “Oral History of Holly Defense Narrated by Ahmad Fotouhi”

Basij in the 17th Ali ibn Abi Taleb Division

“Today, we keep saying to make the work public and leave it to them; people who believe in the principle of doing their duty, not for their own interest. Of course, there was greed in the holy defense too, but it was greed for the hereafter! In that period, things were done heartily and based on faith, and everyone was looking for anonymity. Many people today say that we are result-oriented, not task-oriented.

Book Review: “Collection of Articles of the 3rd National Conference on Oral History of Sacred Defense”

Scientific Explanation of Events of the Sacred Defense Period

It is common that most and perhaps all the books published in the field of oral history by the Foundation for the Preservation of Works and Publication of the Sacred Defense Values have a thought-provoking image on the front cover and possibly a selected article for the back cover in line with the contents and concepts that oral history is discussed in each work of this written series. The “Collection of Articles of the 3rd National Conference ...

Book Review:

“Mother of Iran”

Esmat Ahmadian Oral Memories, Mother of Martyrs Esmail and Ibrahim Farjavani

In the absolute whiteness of the cover background, it seems the title “Mother of Iran” get its green color from the leafy ivys branch which is suspended in the air, or in better words, by its inky letters, it gives life to the plant to connect the sky; like a martyr who ascends. Such an interpretation with the shocking text on the back of the book leads to notice deeper roots:

Book Review:

Ash-e Posht-e Jebhe

Memories of Nurture Teachers in the 1360s (1980s)

On the beautiful cover and appropriate to the title of the book, an expressive image on a mustard-colored background is a clear example of cooperation of the hardworking women of this country, who gather round and are cleaning vegetables, and one or two big pots and baskets are also in front of them or next to them; An image that shows the role of sisters and mothers for various help behind the front;
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A Part of Memoirs of a Soldier

The embankment where we were stationed led to the Khorramshahr asphalt road. For this reason, the Iraqis tried hard to recapture it. And finally, near at noon, they were able to settle in the embankment next to the asphalt road and shoot diagonally towards us from there. We had no choice but to retreat. Captain Barati, the battalion commander, ordered two kilometers behind to build an embankment for us to settle there.

Your Problem is Different / You Hinted Not to Hit More

One day, they came to me and said: “We want to take you to the prosecutors office so that the investigator will interrogate you.” We had been famous for the meetings we organized as the Anti-Baha’i Association. At that time, there were many people in Jahrom that worked in different jobs; Among other things, there was a sergeant major in Shahrbani (law enforcement force), who stood guard duty instead of the guard ...

Privacy and Its Niceties in Oral History

Privacy in the process of recording and publishing memories is an issue that has attracted attention of activists in this field and those interested in legal issues in recent years with the expansion of activities of memoirist individuals and groups. Oral history interviews include close and personal relationships between interviewers, narrators and their organizational sponsors. This relationship is important for all groups. Interviewers feel an obligation to the people who have allowed ...

Memories of Hojjat al-Islam Seyyed Hadi Khamenei

Memories from Prison about MKO
Regardless of all the issues, training in prison challenged me and some of my friends, and its main factor was the same cabals, especially Mojahedin-e Khalgh Organization (MKO); it runs in the name of a religious prison and intended to manage the cells openly and secretly, and anyone who wanted to enter this cycle, had to accept the whole organization and its establishment. They even recruited some low-level clerics to achieve their goals.