Ali Alizadeh’s books include the historical novel The Last Days of Jeanne d’Arc (Giramondo, 2017), the short story collection Transactions, the literary memoir Iran, My Grandfather, which was shortlisted for a NSW Premier’s Literary Award, and three poetry collections, Towards the End (Giramondo, 2020), Ashes in the Air, shortlisted for the Prime Minister’s Award for Poetry, and Eyes in Times of War. Alizadeh is a senior lecturer in Literary Studies at Monash University. His poetry is set for high school study in Queensland.
96 pages Paperback, 21 x 14.8 cm Published February 2020 ISBN 9781925818222
Towards the End presents the contemporary world as broken and dying, a world that is moving irreversibly towards collapse as well as rebirth. The collection begins with the speaker’s disillusion with the ideals of capitalism, and the ironic realisation that happiness and prosperity may no longer be attainable. The middle section of the collection reflects, with dark humour and a controlled anger, on the dysfunction of our socio-political systems and the signs of their disintegration. The final poems in the book imagine a universal humanity beyond the failures of the contemporary world, and prophesy global resistance, rejuvenation and revolution. The collection may be described as a fusion of social satire, gothic dystopia and historical materialism, interwoven with autobiographical reflection.
262 pages Paperback, 21 x 14.8 cm Published September 2017 ISBN 9781925336405
Ali Alizadeh’s novel The Last Days of Jeanne d’Arc is a provocative new portrait of one of history’s most captivating and mysterious figures. Countless books have been written about the young Frenchwoman who claimed to hear the voices of saints, led the armies of France in the war against England in the Middle Ages, and was captured and burnt for heresy by her enemies. Driven by a passion for justice and forbidden desire, her courage changed the course of Western history.
Alizadeh’s innovative storytelling is based on rigorous study of the historical material, and draws on his lifelong fascination with this enigmatic icon. His reimagining of Jeanne’s story weaves together multiple narrative perspectives to illuminate her presence as a figure of history, myth and obsession.