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Abou Farman

Abou Ali Farman Farmaian was born in Tehran, Iran and came to Canada as a child in 1989. He is an artist, screenwriter and anthropologist who is currently an assistant professor of anthropology at the New School for Social Research in New York City. His PhD dissertation in anthropology from City University of New York (2012) is entitled “Secular Immortal.”

Literary Essays

Clerks of the Passage

Montreal: Linda Leith Publishing, 2012.
JV6035 .F37 2012

Publisher’s Synopsis (from its website)

Migration stories, says Abou Farman, are often told through the personal struggles and travails of the migrant, “the great voyager figure of our most recent centuries, the harbinger of hybridity, the metaphor for risk, sacrifice, toil, abuse, inhumanity. And humanity.” These are the stories (both horrific and redemptive) that we hear about in the news, in taxis and airports, in bars and corner coffee shops. They are both real and existential, shared, denied, argued about, internalized. Seldom are the threads of such narratives woven together and imbued with the originality of insight brought to the page by Farman. A meditation on movement, conveyed with humour and a subtle irony. Clerks of the Passage takes us on a journey in the company of some strange and great migrants, from the 3.5 million year-old bipedal hominids of Laetoli, Tanzania, to an Iranian refugee who spent seventeen years in the transit lounge at Charles de Gaulle airport, from Xerxes to Milton to Revelations, from Columbus to Don Quixote to Godot.


Publisher Linda Leith Publishing

Abou Farman faculty page at the New School for Social Research

Abou Farman page at IMDB