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Amity Nasreen Pejvack

Amity

Nasreen Pejvack

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Amity provides a window to the wreckage caused by war and conflict that leave behind destruction, displacement, pain and struggle resulting in life-long and irreparable psychological disorders. It is a story about the lives of various people who areMoreAmity provides a window to the wreckage caused by war and conflict that leave behind destruction, displacement, pain and struggle resulting in life-long and irreparable psychological disorders. It is a story about the lives of various people who are dealing with the devastation of war and conflict, here specifically within the contexts of Yugoslavias dissolution and Irans revolution. Payvand, an Iranian refugee and activist, still plagued with nightmares, meets a Ragusa, a Yugoslavian refugee whose pockets are loaded with stones ready to walk into the water and end a life that feels intolerable since the loss of those most dear to her. The two women form an incredibly strong bond as Payvand listens to Ragusas story and Ragusa decides to stay alive long enough to hear Payvands story, showing that telling ones story to others who have lived the trauma of war can be healing. In a novel that strives to raise awareness about the extent to which elites do and have manipulated various parts of the globe into wars that serve their ends, and have done so in total disregard for the consequences to the lives of millions of people like Payvand and Ragusa, it is the warmth of the personal relationships that speaks to the way in which friendship is the key to what happiness can be found by these characters in a world that is seemingly incapable of learning from its past mistakes.