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Strange Times in Persia

An Anthology of Contemporary Iranian Literature

Format: Paperback / softback
Publisher: I.B. Tauris & Co. Ltd., London, United Kingdom
Imprint: I.B. Tauris
Published: 30th Jul 2009
Dimensions: w 157mm h 235mm d 33mm
Weight: 669g
ISBN-10: 1845114175
ISBN-13: 9781845114176
Barcode No: 9781845114176
For thousands of years many ethnicities, languages and religions have coexisted in Iran, and continue to do so despite traumatic events and transient ideologies. But since the Iranian Revolution of 1979, the West has been virtually cut off from that country's culture. Despite severe difficulties imposed by social, political and economic upheavals as well as war, repression and censorship, a veritable cultural renewal has taken place in Iran over the past quarter century, not only in literature but in music, art and cinema. Now, for the first time, we have in translation selections from the work of over forty writers from three generations, both men and women, which offer an overview of contemporary trends in Persian literature and go a long way toward filling a huge gap in our knowledge. This rich and varied collection - or to use the Persian term golchine, a bouquet - provides a much needed window onto a largely undiscovered branch of world literature. "Strange Times in Persia" will bring literary enjoyment as well as a fuller understanding of Iran's complex contemporary culture.

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LA Times: "A bird's-eye view of a complex culture that's largely off-limits to the Western world. Reflecting a multiplicity of cultures, languages, ethnicities, religions and world views, the writings touch on themes of power and corruption, alienation and exile, feminism and marriage, among other topics."