ISBN 9788189632069,Afsaneh : Short Dtories by Iranian Women

Afsaneh : Short Dtories by Iranian Women


Aakar Books



Aakar Books

Publication Year 2007

ISBN 9788189632069

ISBN-10 818963206X


Number of Pages 200 Pages
Language (English)

Reference Work

Part of a series showcasing contemporary women writers from around the world.Whether negotiating often-treacherous paths through political and religious upheavals or threading their way through dreams and fantasies, the characters in these stories are vivid and compelling enough to challenge and surprise anyone unfamiliar with Iranian life and literature.Simin Daneshvar, perhaps the most renowned Iranian woman writer of all time, has as a recurring theme in her stories the oppressive atmosphere prevailing in Iran during the last two decades before the Islamic Revolution of 1979. Goli Taraqqi's stories are populated with sick, desperate people who lead lonely lives suffused with fear. The Shemiran Bus and A House in Heaven are virtuoso works of hers, and probably two of the best examples of contemporary prose in Iran. In the words of one critic: 'If Taraqqi had not written anything but these stories, she would still be regarded as first-rate amongst Iranian writers.' Others include Shahrnoosh Parsipour, Moniroo Ravanipour, Mahshid Amirshahi, Fereshteh Sari, and Fereshteh Molavi. These tales brim with the inner lives, attitudes and outlooks of women in Iran.