Synopses & Reviews
THIS COLLECTION of thirty-five Persian short stories by twenty-six of Iran's best known contemporary writers gives voice to the concerns, strivings, and visions of their generation. In styles ranging from the dark to the humorous, from the elegant to the poetic, these stories depict aspects of both traditional and modern life in Iran with its many religious, political, cultural and class tensions. The expanding role of women in Iranian society is attested to both by the large number of women writers included in the volume, and by the central role played by women in many of the stories. WRITTEN DURING the last 75 years and arranged in chronological order, these stories span a period in Iranian history from the Constitutional Revolution (1906-11) through the long reign of the Pahlavis (1925-79), the upheavals of the 1950s, the 1979 Islamic Revolution, to the present.
This collection of 35 Persian short stories by 26 of Iran's best known contemporary writers gives voice to the concerns, strivings, and visions of their generation. These stories depict aspects of both traditional and modern life in Iran with its many religious, political, cultural, and class tensions.
1299807 Includes bibliographical references (p. 569-571).
Table of Contents
The Persian short story: an overview / Heshmat Moayyad -- What's sauce for the goose... / M. A. Jamalzadeh -- Abji Khanom / Sadeq Hedayat -- Mirza / Bozorg Alavi -- The snake stone / Beh'azin -- The wooden horse ; The grave diggers / Sadeq Chubak -- The half-closed eye / Simin Daneshvar -- Esmat's journey / Ebrahim Golestan -- The American husband / Jalal Al-E Ahmad -- The little native boy / Ahmaud Mahmud -- Through the veil of fog ; Glorious day / Jamal Mir-Sadeqi -- Moths in the night ; The cast ; Adolescence and the hill ; Mr. Hemayat ; Shadowy / Gholam Hosayn Nazari -- Love / Esma'il Fasih -- The two brothers ; Mourners of Bayal / Gholam Hosayn Sa'edi -- Sacred keepsake / Nader Ebrahimi -- The trench and the empty canteens / Bahram Sadeqi -- The wolf ; Portrait of an innocent / Hushang Golshiri -- The discreet & obvious charms of the petite bourgeoisie / Fereydun Tonokaboni -- Aziz Aqa's gold filling / Goli Taraqqi -- Brother's future family ; The smell of lemon peel, the smell of fresh milk / Mahshid Amir-Shahi -- Hard luck / Mahmud Dowlatabadi -- Night journey / Nasim Khaksar -- The sad brothers / Amin Faqiri -- Trial offers / Shahrnush Parsipur -- The long night / Moniru Ravanipur -- Narcissus, get your nice narcissus / Hushang Ashurzadeh -- The mirror / Farahnaz Abbasi.