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Strange Times, My Dear: The PEN Anthology of Contemporary Iranian Literatureby Nahid Mozaffari and Ahmad Karimi Hakkak
"[A]n admirable PEN anthology....Anyone wanting to sample the range and depth of the country's contemporary writing would do well to begin here." Christopher Hitchens, The Atlantic Monthly (read the entire Atlantic Monthly review)
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A rich and varied collection of contemporary short stories, extracts from novels, and poetry that showcases the latest developments in Iranian literature.
Since the revolution of 1979, the West has been virtually cut off from Iran's culture. Despite war, repression, and censorship, there has been a cultural renaissance in Iran over the past 25 years, not only in literature, but also in music, art, and film. Now for the first time we have selections in translation from the work of over 50 men and women from three generations. This sampling — or to use the Farsi term golchine, a bouquet — provides a window onto an important but sorely neglected segment of world culture and will also serve to awaken further interest in the work of Iranian novelists and poets.
"[An] ambitious anthology....A diverse sampling of contemporary Iranian letters, and a welcome tool for anyone seeking to understand a complex culture that has long been explained away as The Enemy." Kirkus Reviews
"An engaging but also disturbing picture of dangerous times in Iran during the late 1970s and 1980s....Literature from this region of the world is hard to come by, and this collection of prose and poetry is both timely and well written. Recommended." Library Journal
Now in paperback, a rich and varied collection of short stories, extracts from novels, and poetry that showcases the latest developments in Iranian literature, from which we have been virtually cut off since the Islamic Revolution of 1979.
A richly varied collection of short stories, novel extracts and poetry from contemporary Iranian Literature.
About the Author
Nahid Mozaffari earned her Ph.D. in history and Middle Eastern studies from Harvard University. She has taught Middle Eastern history at the New School in New York and at Cabot University in Rome. She lives in New York City.
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