Women Without Men: A Novel of Modern Iran

Women Without Men: A Novel of Modern Iran

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Women Without Men: A Novel of Modern Iran by Shahrnush Parsipur

"Using the techniques of both the fabulist and the polemicist, Parsipur continues her protest against traditional Persian gender relations in this charming, powerful novella." — Publishers Weekly

This modern literary masterpiece follows the interwoven destinies of five women—including a wealthy middle-aged housewife, a prostitute, and a schoolteacher—as they arrive by different paths to live together in an abundant garden on the outskirts of Tehran. Drawing on elements of Islamic mysticism and recent Iranian history, this unforgettable novel depicts women escaping the narrow confines of family and society, and imagines their future living in a world without men.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781558617537
Publisher: Feminist Press at CUNY, The
Publication date: 01/10/2012
Edition description: Second Edition
Pages: 192
Sales rank: 159,781
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Born in Iran in 1946, Shahrnush Parsipur began her career as a fiction writer and producer at Iranian National Television and Radio. She was imprisoned for nearly five years by the Islamist government without being formally charged. Shortly after her release, she published Women Without Men and was arrested and jailed again, this time for her frank and defiant portrayal of women's sexuality. While still banned in Iran, the novel became an underground bestseller there, and has been translated into many languages around the world. She is also the author of Touba and the Meaning of Night , among many other books, and now lives in exile in Northern California.

Table of Contents

Mahdokht1
Faizeh13
Munis29
Mrs. Farrokhlaqa Sadraldivan Golchehreh53
Zarrinkolah71
Two Girls on the Road78
Farrokhlaqa's Garden82
The Garden101
Mahdokht120
Faizeh123
Munis127
Farrokhlaqa Sadraldivan Golchehreh129
Zarrinkolah131
Afterword133
Translating Context: A Translator's Note173

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“Parsipur is a courageous, talented woman, and above all, a great writer."—Marjane Satrapi, author of Persepoplis

“Using the techniques of both the fabulist and the polemicist, Parsipur continues her protest against traditional Persian gender relations in this charming, powerful novella.”—Publishers Weekly

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