A young woman forced to flee Iran with her family battles lifelong mental illness, racism, and sexual abuse in this debut memoir...
I'm a big fan of Persepolis so it was compelling and rewarding to read Afarin Majidi's Writing and Madness in a Time of Terror. She doesn't stray away from controversial or sensitive aspects while giving us an insightful light and guide through her intimate thoughts, her fascinating life. Whether it is about family, sexuality, relationships, religion, politics or the quest for freedom, balance and identity we follow her on her journey which explores all these areas and more. We see a transition from the unknown into some sort of clarity through the painful times, happy times and the ones where we can either reflect upon or relate to or even both. It tests our ability for compassion and empathy in ways that overcome any biases that may be holding the reader back.
Overall Writing and Madness in a Time of Terror paints a very detailed story told in a way reminiscent of a diary. The descriptive energy and unflinching raw honesty from a brave and powerful woman on her journey for self discovery definitely has the ability to inspire us the readers and told in a way where we are written to with flair and unyielding poise.
Afarin bravely explores three explosive issues: *mental illness, racism, and misogyny... She doesn't shy away from the controversial nature of such everyday, but often hidden or ignored issues.
Whereas it may not have a rose tinted ending in the vein of happy conclusions, but the point and refreshingly it is to make us think or wake up rather than be silent to suffering and to learn rather than be blinded by unrealistic optimism but at the same time a choice not to lose hope. A story of honesty and turbulence that has so many layers and adaptive stages.