The Little Man

A Brief Synopsis of
“The Little Man – Based Upon a True Story…”

This is the first half of a story of a seven year old boy who was forced into leaving his homeland at that tender age. It is set in the mid 1980s amidst the peak of the Iran-Iraq War.

The protagonist Abbas is forced into escaping to Turkey by himself in order to try and get to the West. At seven Abbas had to try and live in the worst parts of Istanbul while he tried to find his bearings. He had to learn how to be independent. He lived there alone for almost four months whilst trying to obtain a British visa. He did this in order to avoid being drafted into the army at a young age (like so many Iranians were). His parents did not want their son to die.

Therefore Abbas lived alone, worked three jobs and overcame what were huge odds in achieving his goal of getting a British Student Visa. Amongst his trials and tribulations were attacks and manipulations by those who he lived amongst. He almost lost his life.

This is a story of hope, determination and truly a sign that demonstrates that anything is possible if one has courage, will and true determination.


26 Responses to “The Little Man”

  1. Anonymous Says:

    Amazing…read it.

  2. Samira Says:

    WOW…this is the first book I’ve read that I opened to read and did not close until I had finished it. I couldn’t find a moment in the book that I could take a break from reading. This book kept me on my toes and truely touched my heart.

  3. Anonymous Says:

    I must say, this was the first book I could not put down. I enjoyed this book SO much that I finished it in two days. And I am a person that dislikes reading a lot. To know that a boy at that age could overcome so many obstacles, just makes everything and anything possible. Thank you for sharing your personal life with us…

    -David Emanuel

  4. Gigi Says:

    This story touched my heart. I read it straight through, and now I can’t wait for the second book. Abbas–thanks for letting me peek into your amazing life!

  5. Lauren Says:

    If the book is 1/2 as great as the person it will be amazing – Can’t wait to read it

  6. Ashley Augustin Says:

    This inspiring story is truly amazing. It provides insight into how quickly a child’s mind can mature when needed in order to adapt. I loved this book and cannot wait for the sequel. I bought it for everyone I know. You won’t be disappointed.

  7. Bryan Nalder Says:

    Abbas is one of the most inspiring people I have ever met. His story is one that needs to be told, and must never be forgotten. He is a living reminder of the power of hope and courage. Thank you Abbas for sharing your story with us.

  8. Roger Haynes Says:

    All I can say is WOW. You have to read this…

  9. Natasha Says:

    Abbas, what an amazing achievement your book is. Anyone who has known you, your irrepressible personality and funny Pommy accent would be amazed at what you have been through as a boy, and that you have come through it all with grace and your sense of humour intact. x your antipodean friend, Natasha

  10. Natasha Says:

    Abbas, what an amazing achievement. Anyone that has known you with your irrepressible personality would be especially amazed at what you have been through as one so young, and that you have come through it all with such grace and an undamaged ability to laugh. V proud of you. From Natasha, posting from the antipodes. x

  11. Heather Damron Says:

    The title is spot on. I cannot think of one seven-year-old I know that would have handled himself with such maturity and resourcefulness. This book is gripping and beautifully written. I am completely in awe of Abbas. Can’t wait for the next chapter of the story.

  12. Andrea Shufflebotham Says:

    Heys Abs,

    Congrats! The book is fab, i was addicted from start to finish. Truly captivating.

  13. Zac Harris Says:

    I could not put it down…please write the next one soon! That was awsome…

  14. Christine Pinto Says:

    I do not know Abbas but I feel that I do. I just want to cuddle him and squeeze him and care for him. What a beautiful and sensitive story. I loved it from the first to the last page.

  15. Alexander Tomkins Says:

    Kazerooni is a star in the making. The combination of the story and the quality of the writing bring forth a new literary powerhouse.

  16. Midge Latimer Says:

    I have know Abbas for years now and always been aware of his past and the dreadful adversity he’s been through. Not until I read his book though did it really all sink in. Abbas is one of the most amazing human beings I’ve met. His courage and strength and ability to conquer anything ( and be brilliant at it ) is humbling. When you read about what he went through as a small child you can’t quite believe he’s the same guy. I have always been and will always be honoured to call him my little bro’ and now a wonderful author. I know the rest of Abbs’ story so at times found the book very hard to accept nowing what would happen next and knowing what to expect in the next book. Yes it gets worse, if that is at all possible but Abbas gets better and stronger and becomes the beautiful strong remarkable man he is today. I love you Abbs and just love your book. It should be in every Christmas stocking. Congratulation you amazing ‘ not so little’ man. xx Midge

  17. Jane Broshears Says:

    Although I have not met Abbs, I know him through my daughter’s friendship with him in law school. It is almost impossible for me to reconcile what she describes as an incredibly funny and engaging man with the horrors he endured at such a young age. A “normal” individual would be scarred for life. It is clear that Abbs is a most incredible indivdual, a true “survivor”. He faced insurmountable odds brilliantly and emerged victorious at an age when my children could barely wipe their butts! Abbs, if you ever need a surrogate mother while living in California, I would be honored to fill that role!

  18. Azi Says:

    this is so wonderful!
    salam abbas e nazanin.
    man mikham farsy type konam ke khodet faghat betooni bekhooni:d
    man az tarighe chanale PEN(nane salime) ba to ashna shodam va kheili doodst daram ke ketabeto bekharam ama mesle inke nemishe az Iran in ketab o kharid.
    rahnamaeem kon plz.
    have fun my countryman.

  19. Hossein Esfahani Says:

    I am looking forward to reading your story.
    After 1979 revolution, almost 5,000,000 Iranians escaped Iran to different places around the world. I am among them! While everyone of us has a different story to tell, we all share the despration and the suffering of our unique situation.
    I am 44 years old.I am from Esfahan.
    As far as I remember, the Kazerooni family(Tribe) is a very distinguished, wealthy and politically connected tribe in my hometown of Esfahan. If you are a member of this family, I can not believe the extent of your suffering

  20. Hossein Esfahani Says:

    No matter how hard your situation was, you had the benefit of your family’s financial resources. Congratulation on your escape. welcome to the free world.
    Wait till you hear the story of my escape. My story will make yours look like a vacation in Europe.
    Consider me your friend. I wish I colud meet you in person.

  21. Mohammad Kazerouni Says:

    To Hossein Esfahani,
    Hi Hossein, I just read your comment. I was deeply touched by your message in that I assume you’ve had your share of trials and tribulations. I hope that one day you can meet my unlce and myself. I’m sure we all have extraordinary stories to share.
    You are right that my uncle was from a wealthy and somewhat influential family. However it shouldn’t be to hard to believe or imagine the extent of my uncle’s suffering. Being associated to a wealthy tribe or family, unfortunatly, does not automatically pass on a privelege to each member of that family. My uncle was fortunate that he was able to leave Iran on a PLANE from Mehrabad airport, with roughly $1700 in cash. This made him very fortunate for many left Iran with far less and on foot. However the story of my uncle is that of a seven year old who had to overcome unimaginable difficulties in a country foreign to him, by himself.
    His story may not be unique to him, however it is the only story of such that I have heard. I believe and hope that this story will touch the hearts of many and hope that it will inspire those other hundreds of thousands of people, like yourself, with amazing and inspiring stories to come forward and talk about their struggles.
    I hope that one day we can get together and share your story with the world, and I too consider you a friend.
    I wish you the best of luck in all you do. Please feel free to keep in touch, you can contact me directly at

  22. Anonymous Says:


    You are a true inspiration! Inspite of odds being stacked heavily against you you persevered. Remarkable.

    Thank you for sharing life; you have touched the hearts of my entire family.

    My best,

  23. Nina Says:

    This book is a must read….I couldn’t put it down untill I finieshd it. It will take you on an emotional roller coaster. I can’t wait for the second book to come out.
    Abbas Jaan, Great Job! Wishing you all the best!

  24. Kristin Says:

    Abbas, thanks for sharing your story. You should be proud of what you were able to accomplish at such a young age. Your story is one of inspiration, dedication and courage. By sharing your story, you have exposed both the best and the worst in people by how they reacted to your situation. This book is a must read for all!

  25. Susan Faris Says:

    Salaam Mr. Kazerooni,
    I just, moments ago, finished your book The Little Man. I want to commend you on a wonderfully written book. Upon beginning it I could not put it down, I began it this morning right before work and only reluctantly paused to teach summer school! It did not leave my hands until this evening! You so eloquently told your story of being a terribly young child away from your parents in a foreign country. My heart broke for you as well as your parents. I am a teacher and my students are about the age you were when you took this voyage. The thought of them so far from home, family, familiar language, etc., is unimaginable. I am always amazed at the unexpected kindness of strangers and your portrayal of Mourat and Ahmed strengthened that argument.
    Before finishing the first chapter I thought your book would be a perfect candidate for Oprah’s Book Club. So, imagine my delight that I am not the only one to believe it! I wrote to her and will continue because I believe that she will feel the same way. This story has the universal theme of struggle and survival which are especially important at this time in our world. We need more positive examples of determination, such as yours.
    Good luck to you in your future endeavors as a writer. You certainly have a gift and I hope you continue to share it with the world. Thank you for sharing your experiences.
    Sincerely, Susan Faris

  26. Yadira Bravo Says:

    Hello Mr. Kazerooni,

    First of all, CONGRATULATIONS on you amazing book. My name is Yadira Bravo. Your book was highly recommended by my friend Susan. I saw her carrying that book everywhere!! I must say that I now understand why. Your story is so inspirational to me as I know it is to many others. My parents immigrated to this country many years ago, and although they were much older than you, I can relate some of their horrible experiences to yours. Your experience brought tears to my eyes. I am also a school teacher and I know that many of my students can relate to having to leave family and friends behind to pursue a better future. It is tryley evidednt in your book the large diversity in the type of people our world entitles. Reading your book made me realize that my small actions may seem small to me but could mean the world to others. I am glad that your story had a positive ending. But I cant seem to stop thinking about all of those children that are STILL living that life. I know that in El Salvador and many other countries, children are still being recruited at extremely young ages to go into the military. It frightens and angers me. It just does not seem fair. Well, I wanted to know when you are expecting to publish the sequel to your book?!?!?! I cant wait to find out how your cousing treated you and if you ever saw your family again. Again, thank you for sharing your inspirational story.


    Yadira Bravo

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