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A Sonic Tale of Two Cities: Memory, Trauma, and Auditory Scars in Tehran and Abadan-Khorramshahr

Fakhraeirad, A., Nooshin, L. ORCID: 0000-0001-8737-5224 & Rezaie, A. (2023). A Sonic Tale of Two Cities: Memory, Trauma, and Auditory Scars in Tehran and Abadan-Khorramshahr. In: Chehabi, H. & Siamdoust, N. (Eds.), Music and Society in Iran. . Boston, USA: Ilex Foundation.


Attention, attention! The siren you hear is the danger signal. Red alert! Leave at once and repair to your shelters!” I wonder at what point in my life, and after how many years, the echo of the red siren - like a screeching violin that plays mercilessly all over one’s body - would cease in my mind. I cannot separate the eight years of war from that shrill voice that several times a day, at the most unexpected hours would intrude into our lives. Three levels of danger had been established, but I never managed to differentiate between the red (danger), yellow (possibility of danger) and white (danger has stopped) sirens. … And those sleepless nights! … I would take two pillows, a few candles and my book to a small hall that separated the children’s bedroom from ours … If a sound can be preserved in the same manner as a leaf or a butterfly, I would say that within the pages of my Pride and Prejudice, that most polyphonic of all novels, and my Daisy Miller is hidden like an autumn leaf the sound of the red siren.

Publication Type: Book Section
Additional Information: © Ilex Foundation, 2023.
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
M Music and Books on Music > ML Literature of music
Departments: School of Communication & Creativity > Performing Arts > Music
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