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Martyr!: A novel By Kaveh Akbar Cover Image
ISBN: 9780593537619
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Knopf - January 23rd, 2024

​​​​​The hype of Kaveh Akbar is real. I pored over every word of this novel, furiously inhaling every beautiful, heartbreaking image. The story follows Cyrus Shams, a poet and addict living in the Midwest, in a search for meaning: in his art, his Iranian American identity, his addiction, his relationships, and his family history. Cyrus becomes obsessed with martyrdom – dying, and meaning it – and travels across the country chasing the idea, only to uncover a complex part of himself and his past. Martyr! will make you reimagine your place in the world and treasure every moment you still have in it.

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