published by Appleyard & Sons
"...An exceedingly intelligent tale that thoughtfully juxtaposes the maddening effects of romantic love with the violent paroxysms of political insurrection. Furthermore, the reader is given a rare literary treat: a peek into distinct revolutionary periods—Russia and Iran in the early years of the 20th century and Iran in the century’s last quarter. A dramatically affecting novel that is also politically astute." - "Kirkus Reviews"
PUBLISHERS WEEKLY BOOK LIFE REVIEW
"....one of the peculiar pleasures of this novel is that its author seems deeply familiar with & fond of 19th century Russian literature; there are hints of Chekhov, of Tolstoy’s “Kreutzer Sonata” and Pushkin’s “The Queen of Spades.” The narrative style evokes the writers of that period, and their influence is felt throughout the text. The novel is well-researched and convincingly recreates the pomp and glitter of St. Petersburg in the twilight of the Romanov empire. The story brings back how honor was an achievable ideal and nobility of character and behavior were the qualities sought after in a romantic hero and heroine. Nasrosoltan Minbashian is an appealing and vividly drawn romantic hero in his grandson's retelling of the ill-fated love between the Persian composer and the Russian princess ultimately wound up wed to Rasputin's assassin, Prince Felix Yusupov. Nasrosoltan's complex inner life and character are depicted with a sure hand."-"Publishers Weekly"
Inspired by a story my grandmother told me shortly before the 1979 Islamic Revolution in Iran, A Hundred Sweet Promises is the true tale of my grandfather, Nasrosoltan Minbashian's life—a famed music composer living in St. Petersburg, Russia, in 1913.
On the eve of World War I, Nasrosoltan embarks on a journey from his homeland, Persia, to study at the renowned St. Petersburg Conservatory in pursuit of his musical legacy. During this time, through a series of events beyond his control, he becomes acquainted with the Russian royal family and falls in love with a princess. Nasrosoltan suddenly finds himself in a battle between head and heart while being carried forward on a wave of destiny toward an uncertain future.
Sepehr is also co-founder and a member of the Shahin & Sepehr Band, a Universal Music Group (UMG) recording artist, with multiple Billboard chart-topping albums.
Reza Shah Pahlavi and Nasrosoltan Minbashian to his left, (viewer’s right), Tehran, 1925