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Das Adressbuch

Der Erzählstrang, falls es in diesem Buch eine Geschichte gibt, ist erdenklich einfach: die bekannte, französische Konzeptkünstlerin Sophie Calle findet ein Adressbuch auf der Straße. Doch bevor sie das Buch dem rechtmäßigen Besitzer zurückgibt, kopiert sie alle Kontakte aus dem Adressbuch und begibt sich auf eine Entdeckungsreise, indem sie im Freundeskreis dieses Unbekannten (Pierre D.) Interviews hält. Die 28 Interviews erscheinen im Jahre 1983 als Serie in der französischen Tageszeitung Libération, allerdings ohne Wissen und Erlaubnis des Recherchierten.

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Winterbienen

Der neueste Roman von Norbert Scheuer, Winterbienen, der 2019 für den Deutschen Buchpreis nominiert wurde, ist das Tagebuch des Imkers Egidius Arimond, der mit seinen Bienen in der Landschaft um Urftland lebt. Das vermeintlich ruhige Leben des Imkers, der an Epilepsie leidet und Juden bei der Flucht nach Belgien hilft, droht im Laufe des Romans immer mehr außer Kontrolle zu geraten.

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From Bombay with Love

A couple of years ago, a friend mentioned that she is offering consulting to a new restaurant, helping them to capture the atmosphere of Mumbai’s famed Parsi restaurants. At the time, I couldn’t imagine how such a restaurant could look like in London, let alone the authenticity of the food. I admit to a kind of streetwise snobbery about British Indian food. And when the first Dishoom finally opened in London, I hesitantly asked my friend whether she would recommend eating there.

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The Colaba Navjote

The hindustantimes has another article on the Navjote I wrote about yesterday. This one provides a bit more information about other contentious Navjotes. And it briefly mentions gender disparity as one of the arguments that seems to be dividing the Parsi community:

The issue has divided the community, with one section stating the children cannot be initiated into the faith because their father is of a different faith. On the other hand, reformist groups have called the older practice discriminatory towards women.

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Who owns the good religion?

Those acquainted with Zoroastrianism, at times called the Good Religion, and the Parsi community know of the heated debate that surrounds conversion. People often believe that today’s Zoroastrianism or the Parsi community do not allow or frown upon conversion into the religion. Another fiercely debated issue is the acceptance into the Parsi community of children from mixed marriages, particularly when the father is not a Zoroastrian.

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Winterbienen

I’m currently reading Norbert Scheuer’s new novel Winterbienen (‘Winter Bees’). I’ve just started it, and so far like it very much. It plays during World War II, and I found the following paragraph reminiscent of the current situation in Iran:

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Expertise on Iran

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In the very early hours of Wednesday, when a war between Iran and the USA seemed inevitable, I was unsure I could teach my two classes as if nothing had happened. One being on Iranian history and the other on Zoroastrianism in late antiquity, there was no easy way to connect the teaching to the political events of the day. I had woken up to the news of Iran having fired missiles at US military bases over in Iraq. The development was not entirely unexpected, but I was shocked and could sense the signs of that familiar feeling of paralising anxiety that comes with the expectation of a bloody conflict that I have known since the Iranian revolution of 1979, when I was younger than my youngest son is today. A couple of decades and more violent conflicts later, I am unsure, I will ever be old and wise enough to understand violence of this sort.

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The Growing Poison

I have observed the phenomenon of the Neglected Child for over a decade. I admit, I’m not a psychologist and might have had to do with a particularly difficult instance of this personality trait, otherwise often referred to as “narcissism”.

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Saša Stanišić: Herkunft

Am Flughafen. Ich bemerke, dass ich mein Buch vergessen habe, will aber unbedingt etwas lesen. Ich frage im kleinen Buchladen nach “Winterbienen”. Die Verkäuferin, die sich gut auskennt, lächelt. Ich Frage nach dem Grund: “Wir haben das Buch lange hier gehabt, niemand hat danach gefragt. Also haben wir es weggelegt”. Ich kaufe mir “Herkunft”. Es ist ein großartiges Buch, ich weiß aber nicht, ob es ein Roman oder eine Autobiographie ist. Im Englischen würde man es wahrscheinlich “autofiction” nennen.

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Zoroastrian Scholasticism in Late Antiquity

It has been a great pleasure to work on the first proof of my forthcoming book, Zoroastrian Scholasticism in Late Antiquity, which will be published in the “Edinburgh Studies in Ancient Persia“, edited by Lloyd Llewellyn-Jones and published by the Edinburgh University Press, with the support of their fantastic editorial team at the EUP.