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Akbar, Kaveh - Martyr!

Akbar, Kaveh - Martyr!

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In this electrifying and wholly original novel, Kaveh Akbar masterfully weaves together themes of identity, loss, and the search for meaning, creating a poignant and unforgettable tale that explores the transformative power of art, language, and self-discovery.


Cyrus Shams, a young man grappling with the legacy of violence and loss, embarks on a remarkable journey to unravel the mysteries of his past and uncover the truth about his mother's enigmatic life. Guided by the voices of artists, poets, and kings, Cyrus ventures into the heart of his own identity, confronting his addiction, displacement, and the lingering echoes of grief. As he delves deeper into his family's history, he discovers a hidden connection to an uncle who served as an Angel of Death on Iranian battlefields, a symbol of martyrdom that both fascinates and troubles him.

Along the way, Cyrus encounters a terminally ill painter living out her final days in the Brooklyn Museum, a woman who holds the key to unlocking his mother's past and his own true self. Through their interactions, Cyrus confronts his own fears and vulnerabilities, gradually shedding layers of self-doubt and embracing his authentic voice.

LGBT Themes:

  • Identity and Self-Discovery
  • Family Secrets and Legacy
  • Addiction and Recovery
  • Embracing One's True Self
  • Love and Connection
  • The Power of Art and Language

Relevant Tags:

  • Coming-of-Age Fiction
  • LGBT Narratives
  • Identity Exploration
  • Loss and Grief
  • Family Dynamics
  • Self-Discovery
  • Artistic Expression

Title: Martyr!

Author: Kaveh Akbar

Genre: Coming-of-Age Fiction, LGBT Literature

Pages: 352

Publisher: Knopf

Release Date: October 4, 2023

Weight: 409 grams

Size: 15.6 x 23.6 x 2.7 cm

ISBN: 9780593802359

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