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Dreaming Kurdistan Carol Prunhuber Dreaming Kurdistan The Life and Death of Kurdish Leader Abdul Rahman Ghassemlou

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Dreaming Kurdistan ADVANCE PRAISE FOR Dreaming Kurdistan “Carol Prunhuber has written a fast-paced, stirring account of Iran’s treacherous assassination, in July 1989, of the charismatic Iranian Kurdish leader Abdul Rahman Ghassemlou in Vienna while he was trying to negotiate peace. Her investigative journalism reveals all we know of this tragic event and is highly recommended reading.” MICHAEL GUNTER, Professor of Political Science, Tennessee Technological University “Carol Prunhuber’s invaluable firsthand evaluation of Abdul Rahman Ghassemlou makes clear why

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Dreaming Kurdistan ABOUT THE AUTHOR(S)/EDITOR(S) Carol Prunhuber holds a degree in literature from UCAB, Caracas, and a doctorate in Ibero-American studies from Université Paris VII. Her publications include Sangre y asfalto: 135 días en las calles de Venezuela (2019); The Passion and Death of Rahman the Kurd (2009); Femmes: Les Grands Mythes à travers le Monde (1987); and Agua, silencio, memoria y Felisberto Hernández (1986).

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Dreaming Kurdistan Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Names: Prunhuber, Carol, author. Title: Dreaming Kurdistan: The Life and Death of Kurdish Leader Abdul Rahman Ghassemlou / Carol Prunhuber. Description: New York, NY: Peter Lang, 2019. Includes bibliographical references and index. Identifiers: LCCN 2019006814 | ISBN 978-1-4331-6784-3 (paperback: alk. paper) ISBN 978-1-4331-6893-2 (ebook pdf) | ISBN 978-1-4331-6894-9 (epub) ISBN 978-1-4331-6895-6 (mobi) Subjects: LCSH: Ghassemlou, Abdul Rahman. Hizb-i Dimukrati-i Kurdistan-i Iran

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Dreaming Kurdistan ABOUT THE BOOK A thorough work of contemporary history and a distillation of the complex web of the Iranian Kurdish political world, this biography of Kurdish leader Abdul Rahman Ghassemlou depicts the character and passionate action of one of the twentieth century’s most exceptional and democratic leaders of a national movement. Carol Prunhuber, who knew Ghassemlou from the early 1980s, shows us the many facets of a humanist leader of magnitude and worldwide scope. From revolution that toppled the Shah to the dark and treacherous alleys of the

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Name of Islam,” Middle East Reports , No. 113 (March–April 1983), 9. 20. Bernard Granjon, interview with the author, Paris, 1991. 21. Florence Veber, interview with the author, Paris, 1991. ← 256 | 257 →   Abdul Rahman Ghassemlou at the PDKI headquarters in Iraqi Kurdistan, 1985. © Carol Prunhuber ← 257 | 258 → Abdul Rahman Ghassemlou at the entrance of the PDKI headquarters with his peshmerga, 1985. © Carol Prunhuber Peshmerga with antiaircraft defense weapon, PDKI headquarters, 1985. © Carol Prunhuber ← 258 | 259 → PDKI Commander Ibrahim in