Savushun

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Mage Publishers, Incorporated, 1990 - Fiction - 387 pages
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'A very engaging saga...'Washington Post Book World?A powerfully resonant work...'Publishers Weekly?Outstanding foreign fiction...'USA TodaySavushun (pronounced ?sa-voo-shoon?) is a folk tradition, surviving in Southern Iran from an undateable pre-islamic past, that conjures hope in spite of everything.The novel chronicles the life of a Persian family during the World War II Allied occupation of Iran. It is set in Shiraz, a town which evokes images of Persepolis and pre-islamic monuments, the great Persian poets, the shrines, sufis and nomadic tribes all within a historical web of the interests, privilege and influence of foreign powers, corruption, incompetence and arrogance of persons in authority. The story is seen through the eyes of Zari, a young wife, and mother, who copes with her idealistic husband while struggling with her desire for traditional family life and her need for an individual identity.simin daneshvar lives and continues to write in Iran.

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Contents

INTRODUCTION
7
SAVUSHUN
19
GLOSSARY
379
Copyright

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About the author (1990)

Simin Danishvar is one of the most distinguished and popular women writers in Persian. Danishvar was born in 1921 in Shiraz, in the south of Iran, into a middle-class educated family. In 1942 she entered the University of Tehran but left briefly for a career in journalism. Although she was on the faculty of the University of Tehran for many years, she was never granted tenure because of her opinions and activism. While she has always maintained a nonpolitical stance, never joining a political party, she has been outspoken. She was a founder of the Writers' Association, which was formed as an alternative to the state-sponsored association and which fought long and hard against the intellectual and artistic censorship of the Shah's era. One of her cofounders was the leading writer Jalal Al-i Ahmad, whom she married in 1952. Her first work, a collection of short stories, was published in 1948, the first such collection ever published by a woman. Her novel Savushun (A Persian Requiem), first published in 1969, continues to be the single best-selling book in Iran, and some literary historians view it as the highest peak of novel writing in Persian. Although Danishvar is strongly identified with women's concerns and experiences, she shows concern for a broader spectrum of the Iranian people as well.

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