When the Moonlight Was Lost


Title: When the Moonlight Was Lost

Author: amid Hesam

Subject: Non-Fiction (Memory)

Publisher: Soore-ye Mehr Pubs.

Year of Publishing: 2018/16th Edition

No. of Pages: 652/Paperback

Size: 14 × 22

ISBN: 9786001757815

◙ Sample English text is available.

About the Book:

The book, “When Moonlight Was Lost”, describes the life of the martyred commander, Ali Khosh Lafz, and is an objective narrative of a historical event that has led to a change in destinies of many Iranian people. “When Moonlight Was Lost” is not a story, it’s not storytelling and mythology, but a reality like myths. It is the reality of the life and the marriage of a man who lost his “true self” in the “in the night that the moonlight was lost “. Ali Khosh Lafz in his adolescence, simultaneously with the occurrence of the Islamic Revolution, undergoes a transformation of goals and ideals. Ali Khosh Lafz is a national hero who does not need a national medal of courage. He is the playful and naughty child in a neighborhood in Hamedan, cannot sit on the hospital bed after eleven times of injuries with bullets and shrapnel shells and chemical weapons. Martyr Ali Khosh Lafz was martyred in 2017 after years of suffering from injury and patience against separation from friends. The book of his memories is the code of brotherhood.

The writer first takes the reader to the alleyway of the childhood place of the story’s main character and introduces them to the narrator’s naughtiness. Memories start from childhood and continue until the revolution, and after that, we become acquainted with the most important part of the narrator’s life, which is the front line. The writer tries to focus on the details using the narrator’s mind, which was sixteen years old during the war, and to portray the full scene of a collective effort to conquer a city again. In this book, with the art of the writer, the scene of the effort of a number of soldiers from various divisions, commanders’ manner and their dialogue together, etc., capture a memorable image in the mind of the audience. The book “When the Moonlight Was Lost” is one of the works that attempts to recount memories of war using dialogue and more based on the description of detail and scenery. The book, with the use of elements of fiction, has a fluent and appealing prose.


First Chapter: Alleyways of Shotor Galoo Neighborhood

Second Chapter: Blood Way Base

Third Chapter: 16-Year-Old Pathfinder

Fourth Chapter: Battle to Liberation of Khorramshahr

Fifth Chapter: Ramezan, War of Thirst

Sixth Chapter: The Brothers Whose Wounds Are Healed Fast

Seventh Chapter: Swear to Horse Hoofs

Eighth Chapter: Smile of Intercession

Ninth Chapter: Me, Moonlight, Land Mine

Tenth Chapter: Faw Battle

Eleventh Chapter: Escape from Tumult of Titles

Twelfth Chapter: Parts of My Heart in Shalamcheh

Thirteenth Chapter: All My Brothers

About the Author:

Hamid Hesam


Hamid Hesam is MA in the Persian Literature of Tehran University. He spent his youth on the war front lines, and this made the Holy Defense his main approach in writing and creating his works. Hamid Hesam was introduced to the literary community with the book “The Divers Smells Mint” which is a kind of memoir writing in the field of the Holy Defense literature. Subsequently, he published the book “Secret of the Red Gemstone” in 1999. His works have two special features: firstly, he is familiar with the do’s of writing and has required taste. Figures of speech and description in his works are in a way that illustrates. On the other hand, he writes about the subject and setting that has understood and perceived.

Hesam was introduced as the year figure of the Islamic Revolution Art for writing the book “When the Moonlight Was Lost” (biography of Martyr Ali Khoshlafz), in the Islamic Revolution Art Week. Hamid Hesam is currently living with his family in Hamedan and is also collaborating with cultural institutions active in the field of the Holy Defense Literature in addition to continuing to write valuable books on the war and Holy Defense literature. Hamid has been the author of more than 14 books in the field of the Holy Defense like verbal memories, short stories, and stories. Some of them include:

  • When the Moonlight Was Lost
  • The secret of the Red Gemstone
  • Reason (Narrative of the Epic of Martyr Chitsazan)
  • Water Never Dies
  • When the Moonlight Was Lost
  • Scent of Stocks

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