Ali Mirdrekvandi (?–?)
Iranian author, self-educated servant to American and
British officers in Iran during World War II, for whom he wrote his only
published book, No Heaven for Gunga Din: Consisting of the British and
American Officers' Book (1945?; 1965), a fantasy about a group of
dead officers and their faithful servant, veterans of a future world WAR, who
wander through the Milky Way and other astral realms in search of HEAVEN and
meet, among others, ADAM, the ANGEL GABRIEL, and the commanders of the CLOUDS,
RAIN, SNOW, WIND, and FATE. Though crudely written, its childlike blend of
CHRISTIAN theology and Middle-Eastern ambience makes it unique, and oddly
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