Stories from Iran, 1921-1991: A Chicago Anthology

Stories from Iran, 1921-1991: A Chicago Anthology

by Bozorg Alavi, M. A. Jamalzadeh, Sadeq Chubak, Simin Danishvar
     
 

THIS COLLECTION of thirty-five Persian short stories by twenty-six of Iran's best known contemporary writers gives voice to the concerns, strivings, and visions of their generation. In styles ranging from the dark to the humorous, from the elegant to the poetic, these stories depict aspects of both traditional and modern life in Iran with its many religious, political… See more details below

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THIS COLLECTION of thirty-five Persian short stories by twenty-six of Iran's best known contemporary writers gives voice to the concerns, strivings, and visions of their generation. In styles ranging from the dark to the humorous, from the elegant to the poetic, these stories depict aspects of both traditional and modern life in Iran with its many religious, political, cultural and class tensions. The expanding role of women in Iranian society is attested to both by the large number of women writers included in the volume, and by the central role played by women in many of the stories.
WRITTEN DURING the last 75 years and arranged in chronological order, these stories span a period in Iranian history from the Constitutional Revolution (1906-11) through the long reign of the Pahlavis (1925-79), the upheavals of the 1950s, the 1979 Islamic Revolution, to the present.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The first sentence of the first of the 35 translated stories collected here contains an anti-Semitic slur, and this inauspicious beginning is indicative of Moayyad's uncritical editing. A professor of Persian literature at the University of Chicago, he overstates the strengths of the authors he presents, most of whom are interesting for the view they afford of an evolving Iran rather than for their literary techniques. The first Persian short stories, according to Moayyad, were written in 1921 in Berlin; the grafting of traditions to produce social critiques sparked controversy in Iran but may seem heavy-handed or even cliched to contemporary American readers. Often, predictable or melodramatic endings mar otherwise intriguing works. On the other hand, four densely imaginative sketches by Gholam-Hosayn Nazari (b. 1933) and a portrait of a young woman uneasily embracing modernity, by Shahrnush Parsipur (b. 1947), stand out for their originality and well-modulated feeling. (Feb.)
Library Journal
This compilation of 35 short stories by Persian authors who have flourished in the past 70 years covers the gamut of human experience in an ever-changing society. Most remarkable is the generous space allocated to women as main characters in several stories and as contributing authors. The tragic life of ``Bozog Alavi,'' the mystery of ``The Snake Stone,'' and the story of ``The American Husband'' are all colorful yet authentic depictions of traditional and modern aspects of life in Iran. Although arranged chronologically, the stories do not suggest an evolution in Persian literature, in which the short story is still a new genre. Biographical information and a short bibliography accompany each story. Highly recommended for both academic and public libraries.-- Ali Houissa, Cornell Univ., Ithaca, N.Y.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780934211284
Publisher:
Mage Publishers
Publication date:
03/28/1992
Edition description:
1st ed
Pages:
576
Product dimensions:
6.51(w) x 9.61(h) x 1.47(d)

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