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“The Caspian circle is, in the very best sense, a large book. It has a rich store of characters, it covers important historical events and impressive sweeps of time, and its pages have a satisfyingly dense look, full of long, solid paragraphs. But what makes it stay with us, finally, is the stillness at its center: it’s narrator, wary and alert, condemned-by the very events he has described-to watch from a distance all the rest of his life.”

— Author Anne Tyler, Reviewed for The New York Times Book Review


“THE CASPIAN CIRCLE is the best and most promising first novel I have read for a number of years. I particularly liked the sobriety and obliqueness of Mr. Donné Raffat’s style, kept on hearing the ghost of E.M. Forster purring at my shoulder.”

— John Fowles


THE PRISON PAPERS OF BOZORG ALAVI “Totally gripping, excellently written, and in many places not a little harrowing…A political statement and document of major proportions …Overwhelming, whether as a picture of life in Iran during and after the Shah’s regime or as a contribution to the modern literary heritage of Iran.”

— Roger Allen, University of Pennsylvania


THE FOLLY OF SPEAKING “Few people write so clearly about the Iranian intellectual and occasionally ruling class as Donné Raffat. This is the real thing! Donné Raffat, a master of two worlds, helps the reader to a share of his mastery.”

— Richard Stern


“ One turns from any new novel by Donné Raffat with a sense both humbling and exhilarating that the world is larger than one knew. In The Folly of Speaking, he is both novelist and international tour guide, and never better in either role.”

— Jack Miles


“…remarkable first novel (The Caspian Circle)”

— John Leonard, The New York Times