Zahra’s Paradise by Amir & Khalil

Zahra’s Paradise
by Amir & Khalil
First Second, 2011

A devastating work of semi-fictional comic journalism, a story compiled from many different true accounts of the disappearance of a young Iran activist during the controversial 2009 elections. His family’s dogged search for him plunge them into Iran’s nightmare bureaucracy, a corrupt and violent system designed to choke dissent and prop up the country’s ruling class and their perverted appropriation of Islam.

The filmed murder of Neda Agha-Soltan during the same protests briefly put Iran under an international spotlight – the anonymous authors vividly portray a system where the government is practically at war with its citizens and the status quo must be maintained at any cost.

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