Martyr! by Kaveh Akbar

Staff Pick

This book was so good I sobbed at 1 am, then admired my mascara for not running. Cyrus, our protagonist, is fine--well, not really, but at the end of the day, who is really “fine"? Newly sober and aggressively apathetic towards life, Cyrus wants to die. But we only get one death and he doesn’t want to waste his. He becomes obsessed with the concept of martyrdom and sets out to reflect on the lives of his dead parents and an uncle who was ordered to dress as the angel of death during the Iran-Iraq war. Cyrus’s journey leads him to unexpected discoveries about what makes life worth it and what makes a death matter.      

Martyr!: A novel By Kaveh Akbar Cover Image
ISBN: 9780593537619
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Published: Knopf - January 23rd, 2024