Golden Years

Ali Eskandarian

A fictional document from a life cut tragically short, Golden Years is a story of youth, hope, disintegration and regeneration. It is quite possibly the first Great Iranian American Novel.

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We were once again going on a cross-country tour.

In November 2013, in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, Ali Eskandarian was murdered alongside two members of the Iranian band, The Yellow Dogs. In the months leading up to this terrible event, Ali had been in correspondence with a friend and Dutch publisher, Oscar van Gelderen, about his semi-autobiographical novel. Golden Years is that book.

Set in the first decade of the 21st century in New York, Teheran and Dallas, Golden Years is a novel perfumed with excess and spirited decadence. It tells the story of a group of Iranian musicians in their twenties and our narrator, in his 30s, who is in thrall to the great American beats and has visions of Ancient Assyrian Futurism. Hungry and poor, high and hopping from bed to bed, and lover to lover, the characters in Golden Years are romantic exiles living with rock n roll as their religion.

Critic Reviews

Gripping and poignant . . . A beat novel, which demands to be compared with Jack Kerouac's On the Road, as well as Hunter S Thompson's Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas and Jay McInerney's Bright Lights, Big City.

Marcel Theroux, Guardian
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This haunting, rough diamond of a novel glints with searing images as it takes the reader on an extraordinary, intense journey through emotional and psychic extremes. Along the way, at its best, it alchemises “a thoroughly lonesome feeling” into some exquisite passages of prose.

Anita Sethi, Observer
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Eskandarian flits between the conversational and poetic, realistic and abstract, to dizzying effect – reflecting the unpredictable experience of the characters.

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