Tales from the Zirzameen

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1980s & '90s

Brian Hanson Appleton

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Tales of the Zirzameen is an autobiographical series of short stories in chronological order of my experiences as an American of non Iranian ethnicity in Iran starting in summer of 1966 and then from 1974-1979 including 5 months after the revolution. I was taken hostage during the revolution. Also included my return visit for the first time since the revolution in 2007.


Comedy, Drama, Memoir, War, Action, Adventure, Biographical,

Short Summary

12 short stories in chronological order of my experiences as an American of non Iranian ethnicity in Iran starting at age 16 in summer 0f 1966. Living in Iran from 1974-1979, acting in two films, working for various employers, being taken hostage during the revolution, rescued by Iranian woman.


Tehran, Shiraz, Esfahan, Shomal in Iran

Based on a True Story


Plot - Premise

Voyage and Return

Plot - Other Elements

Meaningful Message, Philosophical Questions,changing outsiders perceptions about Iran and Iranians. Showing their great humanity.

Mature Audience Themes

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Main Character Details

Name: The main character is me from age 16-57

Age: 24

Gender: Male

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Charming, Engaging, Funny, Romantic, Adventurous, Aspiring, Beautiful, Sophisticated, Educated, Empathetic, Honorable

Additional Character Details

Name: Touss Sepehr

Age: 25

Gender: Male

Role: Mentor

Key Traits: Honorable, Sexy, Educated, Extraordinary Powers and Abilities, Funny, Gracious, Masculine, Charming, Complex, Confident, Engaging, Sophisticated, Empathetic, Seductive

Additional Character Details

Name: Parvin Ansary

Age: 45

Gender: Female

Role: Mentor

Key Traits: Empathetic, Lone Wolf, Outspoken, Selfless, Confident, Engaging, Gracious, Sophisticated, Strong Moral Code, Adventurous, Complex, Decisive, Educated, Funny, Heroic, Skillful, Beautiful, Charming, Extraordinary Powers and Abilities, Leader, Perseverance, Secretive

Additional Character Details

Name: Pouran Nafisi

Age: 28

Gender: Female

Role: Emotional

Key Traits: Badass, Confident, Empathetic, Sophisticated, Funny, Heroic, Secretive, Sexy, Adventurous, Complex, Educated, Engaging, Gracious, Selfless, Aggressive, Beautiful, Charming, Crazy

About The Author

Target Audiences

Age: 18-34

Target Gender: Universal

Group Specific

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Publishing Details

Status: Yes: self-published

Year Published: 2008

Hard Copy Available



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