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A Quest for Identity: From Afghanistan to the World
A Quest for Identity is her voice that offers a ladder to the world of literature. She defines herself as a citizen of the world. She is a disciple of human rights. Her message is clear: Stop separating humanity by colour, gender, religion, country, or nationality, and tolerate no war. Parastu’s pen dances on the paper when she gets inspired by nature’s beauty or is moved to scream by the injustices of the world. Her series of memoirs continues; in the second volume, she narrates her life as a writer and the struggles she faced as the Covid-19 pandemic hit.

Semi Finalist

Plot/Idea: 10 out of 10
Originality: 10 out of 10
Prose: 10 out of 10
Character/Execution: 10 out of 10
Overall: 10.00 out of 10


Plot/Idea: Ahang-Mehdawi carries readers alongside as she searches for meaning and strains against the obstacles flung into her path – obstacles inherited from her culture, her identity as a foreigner, and her role as a woman. In the midst of the struggle, Ahang-Mehdawi manages to illuminate the shimmering beauty of her homeland and heritage, threading her resilience and courage across the pages. 

Prose: Ahang-Mehdawi's striking pose transports readers to the inner corners of her world, drawing them into the web of history and culture that encapsulates her reflections. Her writing style is akin to a lyrical melody that whispers through both the joyous, and tear-stained, moments of her life. 

Originality: The author’s perspective is subtle but powerful, and her experiences will galvanize readers, stamping their minds with her striking conclusions. 

Character/Execution: A Quest for Identity is delivered with a fluidity that will electrify readers and leave them wishing for more. Ahang-Mehdawi's gentle grace tethers her past to her future, and her perseverance is as disarming as it is inspiring. 

Date Submitted: January 30, 2023