Martyr! by Kaveh Akbar – Our Review


Our Review…

In Martyr! we meet Cyrus: a poet and recovering alcoholic and addict, who is obsessed with finding a way to make his life and his death meaningful.  His journey, leads him to Orkideh, an artist whose penultimate work is spending the last days of her life in a Brooklyn art gallery reminding visitors that they, too, will die.

As Cyrus explores the grey spaces that define his own existence; not Iranian or American, not straight or gay, he discovers a bond with Orkideh that runs deeper than he could have imagined.

Akbar’s novel is saved from wallowing self pity by its humour and the endearing relationship Cyrus shares with Zee. Its honest, messy and meandering narrative is littered with mystery, art and literary references that will appeal to readers who devoured Heather Rose’s Museum of Modern Love, Hanya Yanagihara’s A Little Life and Emily Bitto’s The Strays.

Review by Katina @Great Escape Books

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