The poet’s first novel follows Cyrus Shams as he struggles to find his place in the world. After the passing of his Iranian parents--first his mother in a plane crash, then his father after years toiling on a chicken farm--the protagonist is trying to figure out how death can be meaningful. Akbar transfers his lyricism to gorgeous prose, creating characters harboring their own complicated stories. It’s a book brimming with ideas and bizarre dreams of the poetry of martyrdom.
Martyr! by Kaveh Akbar