Missing Soluch

Character List


As I read through this wonderful novel, I quickly understood this was a crowded village novel and the names were too exotic for me to keep straight. So I kept a list of names with quick notes to reference while reading. This is what you see below, I hope you find it useful. There are no real spoilers.


*Soluch, small skinny husband, builds ovens

*Samad the Plasterer, Soluch's father

*Mergan, Soluch's wife

*Abbas, Mergan's first son, 15, large ears, a lank and drawn face, wide dark eyes

*Abrau, Mergan’s second son, with his big ears and his wide and sleepy eyes

*Hajer, Mergan's daughter, 12

*Molla Aman, Mergan's brother


*Kadkhoda Norouz, the village headman (land owner)

*Moslemeh, the Kadkhoda’s wife

*Moslem, Moslemeh brother, who was in fact crazy.

*Hamdullah, involved in theft, nephew of Moslem (big head and eyes)

*Safiullah, Moslemeh oldest son

*Nasrullah, Moslemeh son

*Hamdullah, young son of Kadkhoda

*Hajj Salem, Moslemeh’s father

*Karbalai-Safi, father of Kadkhoda Norouz


*Karbalai-Safi was one of the whitebeards of Zaminej.

*Zabihollah Khan, cousin of Salar, nephew of Karbalai Doshanbeh (land owner)

*Zahra, Zabihollah's sister, bitter homebody

*Mirza Hassan Khan, son-in-law of Agha Malak, pockmarked face and slim black mustache (land owner). Leader of the land stealers.

*Bibi Malek, Mirza's mother

*Salar Abdullah, man, tries to steal copper pieces from Mergan (land owner)

*Jalil, young son of Salar

*Karbalai Doshanbeh, Salar Abdullah’s father (land owner) - refuses to take God's Land. Short, barrel-bodied, round face, a prominent forehead, a long white beard.


*Ali Genav, bath house owner

*Sardar, Ali Genav’s cousin the camelherd owner

*Raghiyeh, wife of Ali

*Morad, son of Sanam, mother and brother run opium den

*Asghar Ghazi, son of Sanam, runs opium den

*Agha Sadegh, store owner

*Karbalai Habib, gardner for widow of Agha Malek

*Agha Vaseghi, respectable (land owner)

*Khodadad

*Mohammad Gharib, gambler, opium smoker

*Ghodrat, son of Mohammad Gharib

*Ghasem Leng and Habib Kahi, gamblers

*Khabir Khan, the famous profiteer and smuggler