Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Southern Asian Authors--Iran

Iran known to the Western world as Persia before 1935, is a country in Southern and Western Asia.  It is considered part of the Middle East and Persian is its official language.  "Persia" and "Iran" are used interchangeably in cultural contexts. Try one of the following talented Persian authors.

Kader Abdolah--Persian/Dutch--My Father's Notebook--The author fled to the Netherlands as a political refugee in 1988. His pen name, a pseudonym, is composed of the names of two of his executed friends.

Elizabeth Eslami--Iranian/American--Her novel Bone Worship follows the life of a female Iranian/American college student.

Laleh Khadivi--Iranian/American--The author is a documentary filmmaker and her novel Age of Orphans is about the life of a Kurdish boy.

Shahriyar Mandanipour--Censoring an Iranian Love Story--he is a multiple award-winning Persian author.

Gina B. Nahai--Caspian Rain and Moonlight on the Avenue of Faith--the author is a Jewish/Iranian woman and she writes about the Jewish people of Iran.

Shahrnush Parsipur--Persian--Touba and the Meaning of Night--this novel was written after she was released after 4 years and 7 months in a political prison.

Mahbod Seraji--Iranian/American--his coming-of-age novel Rooftops of Tehran examines the human cost of political repression.

Dalia Sofer--Iranian/American--Septembers of Shiraz--she was raised in a Jewish family during the revolution in Iran and came to New York when she was eleven.

For more on the Middle East try our lecture series.

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