Illustrated by: non
Publisher: Candle & Fog Publishing
Category: Literature
Year: 2015
140 Pages,
All rights available

Book About:

The government has changed from a monarchy to a democracy by will of a king who had ascended to the throne by succession, and the people have attained the right to vote. But they are only permitted to elect from among the twenty-four sons of the late king, and entrust the affairs of the country to his care for terms lasting two years. These princes, whose names each contain the prefix “Demo” (their grandfather’s name), rule over their country one-by-one — feasting, pillaging and plundering the country as much as possible, lining their pockets with enough cash to live out their days in luxury. The princes see themselves with a one in twenty-four chance of being re-elected because they know that the people have no other choice than to choose one from among them. But as the behavior of the people is always unpredictable, none of the twenty-four princes are elected to a second term. The people vote for the twenty-fifth brother who had never previously been considered as a serious candidate for election. This prince who suffers from physical, mental and emotional defects and shortages is known among the people by the nickname they gave him, Demo Crazy. He wins the election and rises to power against all odds and predictions of the other princes and even of the people who had voted for him. The behavior and documented speeches of Demo Crazy are really astonishing, and even more unusual are the laws and regulations he exercised in ruling over the country. The question of whether or not the standard and conventional democracy in the world today is predicated upon the principles and methods that Demo Crazy carried out in this book is presented only as food for thought and not as a steadfast claim. The judgment and decision on this issue will be left to the reader.

Author About:

SEYED MEHDI SHOJAEE Renowned author Seyed Mehdi Shojaee was born in 1960 in Tehran. He is famous for his outstanding books on religious themes. After obtaining his high school diploma in mathematics, Shojaee entered Dramatic Arts Faculty where he was conferred a bachelor’s degree in dramatic literature. Simultaneously, he studied political sciences at Tehran University’s Faculty of Law and Political Sciences. Shojaee, however, left his studies unfinished. Later, he began experiencing writing in different literary styles. At 20, his first works were published as books and in newspa- pers. He worked as the cultural editor of the Persian daily Jomhouri-e Eslami for about eight years and editor-in-chief of the monthly Sahifeh for eight years. During 1986-96, Shojaee served as the juror at various festivals such as Fajr International Film Festival, Fajr International Theater Festival and International Children Film Festival. Shojaee authored a number of plays and scripts. He has translated and written over 100 books for children and young adults. During the years 1986 to 1996, he has been the Jury Member of Fajr Int’l Film Festival, Isfahan Int’l Festival of Film & Video for Children & Young Adults, Fajr Int’l Theatre Festival, and National Press Festival. He is also an Iranian cinema & theatre critic. He was member of the Board of Directors of Institute for the Intellectual Development of Children & Young Adults for some years. He founded Neyestan Book Publishing House in 1987 aiming to publish the works of contemporary writers and poets. He has written a play script on the life of Martyr Mostafa Chamran for a TV series as well as a play script about Hazrat-e Yousef (Joseph) for the Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting. Among other scripts authored by Shojaee are “Badouk,“ ,“Fa- ther,“ (directed by Majid Majidi) and “Bat’s Eye.“ Some of his religious writings include “Sun in Veil,“ “Father, Love and Son,“ and “The Berthed Ship,“ “Two Pigeons,“ “Two Windows.“

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