The Iranican Dream
Introduction to a book of Iranian-American satire
January 10, 2005
Introduction to The
Iranican Dream, (Virtualbookworm.com Publishing, December
2004) -- a hilarious journey inside the mind of an Iranian-American
man whose world is comprised
lavish encounters with bizarre characters in some of the most outlandish
circumstances. Baniameri brings to the spotlight a fresh breed
of Middle Eastern immigrant in America who inadvertently gets himself
in comical situations by constantly plotting to sabotage his ex-wife's
relationships, preventing his teenage daughter from dating boys,
pestering women to go out with him, and manipulating his best friend
to participate in his tedious schemes. Also see Iranican-Dream.com.
I am an Iranican -- and
you might be an Iranican too.
Iranican is an Iranian-American immigrant who is neither Iranian
nor American--a person who has not been able to come to terms with
either culture. Iranican is a person who's standing at the
sideline in complete cultural disarray, watching life go by
in a hurry.
Dream is a humorous account of an Iranian-American
man in post 9/11 America who is emotionally unavailable, politically
incorrect, ethically challenged, spiritually bankrupt, sexually
lethargic and financially dispossessed.
The Iranican Dream shows the world from the perspective of a not-so-conventional
Iranian man in America.
Dream is not self-gratifying and you'll not
find anything cute in it, like traveling to Disneyland with family
members, childhood memories of grandma's house in North
Tehran or fighting over Ghormesabzi with siblings at the dinner
table. That's not my style.
The book will not give an impression of righteousness or prominence
or add any enormity to Iranian heritage. I'm incapable
of giving my readers conceited cultural or political blowjobs.
Dream is about the love of family, pimps and hookers,
colorful friends and relatives, unconditional friendship, lesbians
and transvestites, paranoia, strong opinions on sensitive subjects
and everything in between that make our Persian-ness blush. I wouldn't
be true to my readers if I did it any other way.
I hope you enjoy the book and I hope it gives you some of the best
belly laughs you have had in years -- and I hope you recommend
it to others.
Love and respect,