Arches Of The Years
by Marzieh Gail
The early days of the Bahá'í Faith in America.
Continuing the vivid story of Ali-Kuli Khan's diplomatic career, Marzieh Gail takes her readers on the family's travels from Tehran to Washington and San Francisco, to Paris, Istanbul and Tiflis and back to Persia.
The story provides new insights into 'Abdu'l-Bahá 's visit to America and the early days of the Bahá'í Faith there and gives an unusual perspective on the Versailles Conference of 1919. Vignettes of President Wilson, Phoebe Hearts and other characters from the early days of this century are interspersed among fascinating pictures of Persia at the turn of the century.
Drawn from the papers of her father and the diaries and letters of her mother, Marzieh Gail's Arches of the Years is more than a mere sequel to Summon Up Remembrance. A new character enters the picture - Marzieh herself, who as a child accompanied her parents to their various posts. Thus this new book is as much Marzieh's own story as it is the story of her parents.
The author's wit and perception are already apparent in the child Marzieh, resulting in a story that is both moving and funny, and sometimes tragic. Marzieh's memories of Shoghi Effendi, Guardian of the Bahá'í Faith, and her final tribute to him, are among the most sensitively drawn passages in a lifetime of distinguished writing.
The daughter of the first Persian-American Bahá'í marriage, Marzieh Gail has never ceased to cast a perceptive and humorous eye over the dilemmas that inevitably arise between modes of life and thought so different from each other. She is an interpreter of East to West and vice versa.
Marzieh graduated from Stanford University 'With Great Distinction' and as a Phi Beta Kappa and she has an MA from the University of California at Berkeley. She was the first woman to work on the staff of a Tehran newspaper. She spent ten years as a Bahá'í pioneer in Europe where she undertook historical research.
Mrs Gail is well-known for her essays and anecdotes published in her books Dawn over Mount Hira and Other People, Other Places. Her historical works include Persia and the Victorians, The Sheltering Branch and Life in the Renaissance. Her translations from Persian and Arabic include The Seven Valleys by Bahá'u'lláh and 'Abdu'l-Bahá's The Secret of Divine Civilization. This is the sixth book of her writing which is of particular interest to Bahá'ís.
Soft Cover ISBN: 978-0-85398-326-2
Hard Cover ISBN: 978-0-85398-325-5
360 pages, 16 illustrations
23.4 x 15.0 cm (9.25 x 6 in)