Sara Dehpour lived alone, with few wants, surviving on handouts

and money sent by her niece Esther from America.  She

inhabited a small cheap room on the top floor of

a decrepit tenement in Tehran.  Perhaps because she lived above

so many stairs, no one bothered to visit her.  She

was much alone, as she had been most of her

life.  She had no idea where most of her family

was, nor did she think much about it.  So many

of her relatives had emigrated to America after the Revolution.

In the shabby tenement she was more or less unknown.


Paraphrases from the short story “The Mourners” be Bernard Malamud.