Friday, May 7, 2021

A Novel of Arian “Then The Fish Swallowed Him”

Fig 01- A novel “Then the fish swallowed him.”

It is just a light novel

Hang on!

Please, take a little attention to see the picture above. Is there something that remind you to your childhood book?

Or any imagination in your childhood about the story from the biblical scripture?

Absolutely! It is a story about Jonah, a rebellious prophet. Jonah was swallowed by a giant fish, then he stayed in belly fish for three days.

Many versions about what was going with Jonah in the belly fish.

The story in this book is also about Jonah, Jonah of Iran in the nowadays (I think 😊)!

The author of this book is Amir Ahmadi Arian, an Iranian journalist and novelist who is settling in New York City.

This book is his first novel in English.

Fig 02- A drawing in the back cover of book.

Talking about Iran, Iran is one of a few theocracy countries globally which is Islamic Republic. Iranian call Jonah as Yunus, like other Islamic countries call Jonah.

His name is Yunus Turabi, a protagonist in this novel. He is a bus driver in Tehran.

In a chaos and violence strike of bus drivers, Yunus is arrested, and sent to a jail. He is interrogated by Hajj Saeed.

Fig 03- Colorful flowers, illustration.

The condition of the jail, Evin Prison, is horrible, there is no toilet!

The author details about urine, feces, and his masturbations in the jail.

Hajj Saeed interrogates Yunus with menace and torture, asking his relationship in the past and his adultery.

The interrogations are quite “gross”.

Arian pictures dynamic of life, power, and abuse power in Iran straightforward without obstacle, and shy.

It seems this novel contains a bitter “vulgar” humor and is an allegory of post-revolutionary Iran.

Yunus Turabi is not a prophet. He is an ordinary person. He just like an insect that easily attracted by the porch light.


  1. The book cover design is really nice, but the story sounds really cruel..they don't match, do they?

  2. It does remind me of the story of Jonah.

  3. The cover of the book is beautiful, the story is not so nice anymore.
    Have a nice weekend.

  4. I confess that I don't remember Jonas' story. I liked the cover design. Being a book that can (and should) be read by children, isn't it a heavy and cruel story, looking at what Jonas was in the belly of the evil fish for 3 days?
    Wishing you a Happy Weekend.
    Poetic Thoughts and Daydreams

  5. Very interesting post!
    Thanks for sharing 😍😍

  6. Thanks for your sharing...Have you heard of Anatolian legends? The city I live in is a place where the immortal grass is believed to have been lost ...

  7. Cool post! I remember this storie.

    Kisses ;*

  8. Parece un libro interesante que tendré en cuenta. Gracias por la reseña. Te mando un beso

  9. Interesting version of a classic myth. Good stories always propose versions and variants. I'll see if they edit it here, Evi.

    Thank you very much for the recommendation, friend.

    Hug more than huge.

  10. Sempre di magnifica lettura i toi variegati articoli.
    Buon sabato,silvia

  11. Parece interesante. Bonito fin de semana.

  12. Libro que nos recuerda a la infancia. Terrible la vida en algunos paises Evi.
    Buen fin de semana. Cuídate.
    Un abrazo.

  13. Ta lustracja jest ciekawa połkniecie człowieka przez rybę, taki opis jest w biblii.

  14. Very unique. An interesting cover!

  15. Olá!
    Muito suis generis!
    Um beijinho!
    Megy Maia💙🌺💙

  16. Interesting book, thanks for sharing!

  17. Very unique and interesting book. Thanks for the information.

  18. Hi, Evi! Yes, I remember the story from the Bible! Thank you, Evi! Today in Russia we celebrate Victory Day!

  19. This does sound like a unique, uncomfortable take on the story!

  20. The beautiful cover immediately makes you want to give it a try. Thank you for the recommendation.

  21. Parece muy interesante y me gusta. Gracias Evi.


  22. It seems to be a very interesting book.
    Thanks for sharing

  23. It may be interesting, thank you for your review.

  24. just love its title! sounds interesting ;-)


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