Choosy Beggar Books

Zahra’s Paradise

Posted in International Comics by m on February 14, 2012

Zahra’s Paradise is a comic about the events surrounding Iran’s Green Revolution a few years ago. The writing is fresh, relevant, and believable. The art is beautiful.

Zahra’s Paradise follows a young man who is looking for his brother who “disappeared” during the Green protests that began in 2009. Their family as well as other characters who move in and out of the story.

The art is absolutely gorgeous. The lines are so fluid and so economic. I can’t say enough about it. It reminds me of Gus Arriola’s Gordo. Obviously, the theme of Zahra’s Paradise is not as upbeat. The story, while fictionalized, seems very plausible. The story is never pedantic.

Zahra’s Paradise is collected in a book. It remains online in multiple languages because that makes it more accessible to readers in Iran.

The author (Amir) and artist (Khalil) remain anonymous because of a fear of persecution. Amir was born in Iran, although he now lives in the US. In what little information there is about them, I always read that Khalil is Arab. Obviously I understand their desire to remain anonymous; however, I would love to see what other work the two of the have completed.


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