The novel “Left from Son” is a narration of the life story of a man overwhelmed by his son’s injury and on the verge of blooming again. Standing on the Bagherabad bridge near his house, Salar, a man estranged from the family, fought with people who had nothing to do with them. In fact, he doesn’t care why these people moved to Tehran and why they are outraged.
Marzieh Nafari spent three years of her life on the composition of the novel to say that the reconstruction is feasible. As a nominee for various literary awards including the Islamic Revolution Fiction Festival, the novel was selected as the Commendable Work of the Seyyed Ali Andarzgu Literary Awards in the adult category. We therefore conducted an interview with the author of the book, excerpts of which are available below.
* Tell us a bit about Marzieh Nafari. Your name has reverberated in the literary space recently, especially in many festival circles. Where did you start writing?
Just like many contemporary writers, I started writing from a writing course in school. During my studies, my writings received praise many times and in the second year of high school in 1376, my story won first place in national competitions, which was very nice. I became more interested in writing afterwards.
In the meantime, I had detached myself from the world of writing for about ten years and I stopped writing anything from 1378 to 1388. In 1388 I embarked on a new journey of writing activities while working with the media. Then I published my first collection of stories and novels for children and teenagers. In 1397, I started writing the book of “Left from Son” which ended well. It is worth saying that it was one of the honorable works of the Islamic Revolution Book Festival and was also appreciated in the Seyyed Ali Andarzgu Literary Awards.
* Present “Left from Son” from your own perspective and tell us how you came to write the novel?
This book is my second adult novel. The main events of the book take place in the 1340s, specifically in 1342. Unlike many works in which the heroes tell the story, it is the antagonist who drives the story forward. Salar opposes the uprising and strives to stand against the people in any way. He is one of those who suppress people on the bridge and prevent them from reaching Tehran. It is the story telling of the rise and fall of Salar as well as its rebirth. I lived in Varamin for a while. That’s why I follow all his news and events. I remember a documentary that asked people about their memories of the events of the bloody 15 Khordad uprising. I studied the oral history of such events. Among other stories, events that took place on the Bagherabad Bridge caught my attention. They tickled my mind for a while as the subject of a story until the novel of “Left from Son” was born as a mind-blowing story in which a boy is injured by his father during the incidents .
* How does the story unfold? What role does Salar play in the story? And why is a negative character telling the story?
Generally, I tried to describe the events with a different language and atmosphere. It is the story of a man called Salar who is estranged from the family, stands on the bridge in Bagherabad to beat such people who know nothing about them. Why did these people try to reach Tehran? Why are they angry? Salar doesn’t know anything about them. What he knows is to use violence against the people standing on the bridge to obstruct their way to Tehran. Sohrab’s young son is missing. Everyone is looking for Sohrab who has changed and is thinking big. In the dark of night, Salar stabbed Sohrab with a dagger which is the beautiful fruit of his life and was supposed to marry Azar.
Is filicide a repetitive motif in Persian literature? In this novel, the focus is on the story of Salar’s life in 1342. The year known for its great historical milestones in which the life of Salar and Azar ended in a fiasco, the Sohrab’s path was drastically changed and Salar’s life was devastated. Salar does his best to build from scratch, knowing that rebuilding the ruins is a tall order. Salar plays a key role in the story, becoming the main character of the story, but why a negative character moves the story forward is because I always wanted to watch the challenges of the other angel to see what is happening on the other side. Why does a determined person oppose the people and even his own son? That’s why the character completely caught my attention. We normally expect a story to be told by a positive character, and the motivations of such a character are clear, but I wanted to take a different path. I started the narration by telling a story whose main character is adamant enough to suppress the people of Varamin and prevent them from reaching Tehran. How did this character get to such a stage? Why does he behave like this? Does he regret? And does he feel ashamed or complacent? To understand them all, I’ve done my best to paint a story from what’s in the antagonist’s mind. I found it to be a good experience.
* Did you choose the name Sohrab intentionally? Why did you use such a name?
The selection of Sohrab’s name as the son of Salar who is the main character in the story was intentional, reminding us of the tragedy story of Rostam and Sohrab in Shahnameh. What I was looking for was to have a re-telling of the Sohrab and Rostam fights. Discovering a new and different world alongside his father, the young Sohrab in our story joins the people and then gets hurt with his father at the climax of the story, marking the beginning of a new chapter in the life of the main character. .