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Q&A with Abbas Kazerooni

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Abbas KazerooniOne of the great pleasures of writing for Curious Book Fans is getting the opportunity to indulge your curiosity by carrying out a Q&A with the author of a book you’ve loved or admired. In the case of Abbas Kaazerooni’s book ‘On Two Feet and Wings‘ I knew within the first few pages that when I got to the end I would want to know more. It’s a fascinating and largely autobiographical account of leaving his homeland of Iran when he was just nine years old and having to make his own way in the world, first in Istanbul and later in the UK. As someone who has visited Iran and is fiercely interested in its history and culture, the placing of his story during the Iran-Iraq war meant this was always going to be right up my street. What I didn’t expect was how attached I would become to the young Abbas and how much I’d want to know about the man he has become and the lessons he hopes that people – young and older – will take from his book.

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On Two Feet and Wings

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On Two Feet and Wings - Abbas Kazerooni, book reviewOn Two Feet and Wings is the partially autobiographical account of how Abbas Kazerooni left his home and family in Tehran, fled to Istanbul and sought asylum in the UK. It’s not the first book to look at such a challenging journey but this one is different because the asylum seeker was just 9 years old at the time of his adventure. During the Iran-Iraq war, the Iranian authorities were desperate for more young men to send to the front. So desperate that they dropped the age at which boys could be drafted to the forces to just 8 years old. Kazerooni’s father was under surveillance by the authorities and believed that it was very likely that they would start by drafting the sons of their enemies first, sending them off to almost certain death. The family planned for Abbas and his mother to flee to Istanbul and apply for asylum and they sold up all their belongings to raise money for their journey.


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