In the Arts Council’s latest blog, Author Sheila Llewellyn writes about the story behind her novel Winter in Tabriz (Sceptre), which was recently selected as one of the Summer Books for 2021 by the Times Literary Supplement.
Winter in Tabriz is the story of two men caught in the 1979 Iranian revolution. Damian, a university lecturer, originally from Northern Ireland, and Arash, an Iranian poet from Tabriz, meet each other at Berkeley, California. Damian follows Arash to Tabriz to live with him, but their relationship is tested as the chaos of pre-revolutionary Iran takes hold. Arash becomes one of ‘the disappeared’. Much of the novel explores Damian’s attempts to come to terms with the grief, and the ‘not knowing’ endured by the loved ones of those who are disappeared.