Farrokh Nazerian has been a journalist, editor, poet, entrepreneur, art collector, developer, and above all, he has been a lifelong student of “knowledge.” Born in Iran, he lived in England, before residing in California, where he is working currently on his second book, Sisyphus Revisited.
His first book is a 4 act play titled The Last Person Who Saw Farrokh.
You can visit his website at www.thelastpersonwhosawfarrokh.com.
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Writing The Last Person Who Saw Farrokh helped me to chisel and shape my world view and knowledge.
What was the experience like writing The Last Person Who Saw Farrokh?
It was a humbling experience! To portray, in a short play, a system of knowledge based on denying reason and using our “will to power” to understand Life.
The title has your first name in it; does that mean it’s about your life?
The play is not about my life, but a reflection of it. It’s mainly about Life and Man’s relationship with it. Farrokh could be anyone. In my play we are all Farrokh. I would like to quote a reader’s comment on Amazon here:
“The Last Person Who Saw Farrokh: Invites one to review the play of one’s own life. All of us are looking for Farrokh, and will ultimately be frustrated in that search. The secret may be to become him. Wonderful!”
Your play is a love story, is it not?
The main thread of the play is love; but a young woman’s search for a lost love turns to the search for the meaning of life; the reason and purpose of our existence.
Can you tell us about the different characters of your play?
Each characters of the play to some extent represent Humanity’s desires, fears, aspiration, doubt, belief, confusion, submission, rebellion, love, money, power. In my play even Death is a character!
Before moving to California, you lived in Iran and England. What was it like to live in Iran?
I left Iran before the Iranian revolution. The social life was a mix of old traditions and struggles to understand and adjust to the march of modernity. The political life was hell at best! It was under the Shah’s dictatorship, choked to death by repression of the secret police; “Savak.” It has not changed very much since the revolution from what I hear, just the names have changed: the Shah has become ayatollah or “supreme Leader” and Savak has become “Savamak!”
Why did you move to England?
For the above reason; to get away from repression and live in a free society.
Can you tell us something about yourself that perhaps no one else knows?
That could be just about everything! But I work, I make money, I write, I am not confused, I have no doubt, no beliefs, no aspiration; I tend my garden.
Now that The Last Person Who Saw Farrokh has been published, what’s your next project?
It’s a book, which I am half way through: Sisyphus Revisited. It’s a mixture of an autobiography and a genesis of a “teaching”
Thanks, Farrokh, for this wonderful interview. Do you have anything you’d like to tell our readers?
What I would like to say is that Last Person who Saw Farrokh is not everyone’s everyday play! Most readers (including my own son) have said that they have to read it at least twice to understand. It’s a play of Life, meaningful, meaningless, sad, funny, and existential.
Thank you for the interview.