With her memoir Journey from the Land of No: A Girlhood Caught in Revolutionary Iran Roya Hakakian paints a portrait of Iran never before experienced by readers.
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Date of Birth:
October 19, 1966
Place of Birth:
B.A., 1990; M.A., 1992
Recipient of the Poetry Book of the Year award by Iran News, 1996
Roya Hakakian's official web site
|Hakakian's Breakout Book|
|Journey from the Land of No: A Girlhood Caught in Revolutionary Iran|
In Journey from the Land of No, Hakakian recalls her childhood and teenage years in prerevolutionary Iran. The result is a stirring coming-of-age story about one girl’s attempt to discover her identity amidst cultural chaos. A perceptive and poignant story, Hakakian's account reveals an Iran most readers have not yet encountered.
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|An Author's Advice|
|In our interview, we asked Hakakian how she deals with writer's block. "Whenever I hit a dead-end, I give in to my worst fear by 'dislocating' myself," she reveals. "Traveling to unknown places has always enabled me to break through a writing block, as well as a living block. I don’t drink, or smoke, not even casually. A clear mind is a writer’s greatest gift."|
|Hakakian's Reading Recommendations|
Hakakian talked with us about some of her favorite books, including American Pastoral by Philip Roth. "Besides masterful storytelling, the book paints a Vietnam-war period very much like the one we live in today, and shows its impact on both the country and a family," she explains.
|Things Fall Apart|
Hakakian also named Chinua Achebe's Things Fall Apart as a favorite, calling it "The best handbook for any writer who wants to speak of one race to another, without lessening the quality of his prose to compensate for the reader’s lack of familiarity." Read our interview to learn more about Hakakian's best-loved books, including: