Blindfold Horse: Memories of a Persian Childhood / Edition 1

Blindfold Horse: Memories of a Persian Childhood / Edition 1

by Shusha Guppy
     
 

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ISBN-10: 1850434018

ISBN-13: 2901850434015

Pub. Date: 08/21/2004

Publisher: I. B.Tauris & Company, Limited

Long before the momentous Iranian Revolution of 1979, which placed the country under strict religious rule, Shusha Guppy grew up in a Persia delicately balanced between traditional Islamic society and the transforming forces of westernisation. In this eloquent memoir, she recreates the lost world of her childhood before the oil boom and the eventual overthrow of the

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Long before the momentous Iranian Revolution of 1979, which placed the country under strict religious rule, Shusha Guppy grew up in a Persia delicately balanced between traditional Islamic society and the transforming forces of westernisation. In this eloquent memoir, she recreates the lost world of her childhood before the oil boom and the eventual overthrow of the Shah. Her magical tales about relatives and friends, music and drama, religious holidays and celebrations are interwoven with myth and legend, poetry and anecdote and provide a rare and optimistic portrayal of Iran; quite at odds with prevailing views of the country today. Through these glimpses of everyday life she makes subtle yet astute social and political observations at a significant time in Iran's history, when the country was caught between the oppressive but stable disciplines of the past and the unsettling freedoms of the future. This is an enlightening and moving testimony of a vanished world: a story as vibrant as Iran itself.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2901850434015
Publisher:
I. B.Tauris & Company, Limited
Publication date:
08/21/2004
Series:
Tauris Parke Paperbacks Series
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
256

Table of Contents

The Blindfold Horse1
Haji Mahmood2
The Tale of Dash Jafar4
Haji Seyyed Mohammad9
Amineh--the Second Wife17
Haji Ali-Baba20
Haji Ali-Baba's Line25
Kazem39
Journeys47
The Wedding52
The Blind Midwife58
The First House65
Our House68
The Garden73
The Household80
Ali Gets Married84
Street Life88
Neighbours98
Prince Afsar111
At Scheherazad's117
The New Day127
The Princess138
A Little Night Music147
The Hypochondriac155
Blame it on the Movies166
Aroos, the Bride of Brides176
Ramadan184
Norooz--the New Year191
Doctor Hypocrates' Cabinet200
The Society of Friends212
Country Life221
Last Years236
Glossary of Persian Words243

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