Winner of the 2013 Jan Michalski PrizeLonglististed for the Man Asian Literary PrizeA new novel by the master of Iranian letters that directly engages politics in Iran today Â Ten years in the writing, this fearless novelâ€”so powerful itâ€™s banned in Iranâ€”tells the stirring story of a tortured people forced to live under successive oppressive regimes.Â It begins on a pitch black, rainy night, when thereâ€™s a knock on the Colonelâ€™s door. Two policemen have come to summon him to collect the tortured body of his youngest daughter. The Islamic Revolution is devouring its own children. Set over the course of a single night, the novel follows the Colonel as he pays a bribe to recover his daughterâ€™s body and then races to bury her before sunrise. As we watch him struggle with the death of his innocent child, we find him wracked with guilt and anger over the condition of his country, particularly as represented by his own children: a son who fell during the 1979 revolution; another driven to madness after being tortured during the Shahâ€™s regime; a third who went off to martyr himself fighting for the ayatollahs in their war against Iraq; one murdered daughter, and another who survives by being married to a cruel opportunist.An incredibly powerful novel about nation, history and family, The Colonel is a startling illumination of the consequences of years of oppression and political upheaval in Iran.