Afsaneh: Short Stories by Iranian Women

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Kaveh Basmenji
Saqi, 2005 - Fiction - 200 pages
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Whether negotiating often-treacherous paths through political and religious upheavals or threading their way through dreams and fantasies, the characters in these stories are vivid and compelling enough to challenge and surprise anyone unfamiliar with Iranian life and literature. has as a recurring theme in her stories the oppressive atmosphere prevailing in Iran during the last two decades before the Islamic Revolution of 1979. Goli Taraqqi's stories are populated with sick, desperate people who lead lonely lives suffused with fear. The Shemiran Bus and A House in Heaven are virtuoso works of hers, and probably two of the best examples of contemporary prose in Iran. In the words of one critic: 'If Taraqqi had not written anything but these stories, she would still be regarded as first-rate amongst Iranian writers.' Fereshteh Sari, and Fereshteh Molavi.

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Contents

A legacy of Survival
7
Simin Daneshvar To Whom Shall I Say Hello?
17
Goli Taraqqi The Shemiran Bus
30
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Kaveh Basmenji was born in 1961 Iran, where he worked as a journalist, writer and translator for more than twenty years before continuing his career abroad. He has translated several works of Western literature into Persian, including works by Edgar Allan Poe, Gabriel Garcia Marquez and Milan Kundera. Basmenji is the author of Tehran Blues: Youth Culture in Iran . He has compiled and translated into English a collection of short stories by contemporary Iranian female writers. He has published a volume of his own poetry and a collection of essays in Persian. Basmenji has worked for Rueters and the BBC, among others. He lives in Washington, DC.

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