Akbar Golrang's Persian novel "Akherin parvaz e Ghanari” (or in English translation: “The Last Flight of a Canary") is a historical thrilling and epic adventure about two of Shah’s military personnel Lieutenant Arman and Sergeant Zachariah.
Arman and Zachariah both grow up in Iran during the 50’s and 60’s. Arman is of Armenian extraction and grows up in Isfahan, the son of a deacon. Zachariah grows up in Gara, near Persepolis. He loses his parents in an epidemic and is adopted by a childless couple. His career is largely determined by a traumatic experience during his youth. Their paths cross in the army and their destinies become intertwined to the bitter end. We first meet Arman and Zachariah during the 70’s, a time of upheaval and intrigue. Demonstrations break out regularly. In this repressive social climate a number of foreign interests clash. Who is performing secret military manoeuvres in the Khorasani Desert? And who is Mr. Bombay? And who really shot the American generals in the lobby of the 109 Hotel? And why is Zachariah so fond of his canary?
When the disturbances turn into a revolution, the situation becomes unbearable for any military personnel associated with the old regime. Many leave the country. Among them are Arman and Zachariah. But life outside of Iran is fraught with fear and unbelievable obstacles. "Akherin parvaz e Ghanari" is a coming-of-age novel that you probably will enjoy.