Women without Men: A Novel of Modern Iran

Women without Men: A Novel of Modern Iran

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By (author) Sharnush Parsipur, Translated by Kamran Talattof, Afterword by Persis Karim

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  • Publisher: Feminist Press at The City University of New York
  • Format: Paperback | 179 pages
  • Dimensions: 140mm x 202mm x 12mm | 222g
  • Publication date: 1 March 2004
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 1558614524
  • ISBN 13: 9781558614529
  • Illustrations note: 1 port.
  • Sales rank: 358,941

Product description

Shortly after the 1989 publication of "Women Without Men" in her native Iran, Shahrnush Parsipur was arrested and jailed for her frank and defiant portrayal of women's sexuality. Now banned in Iran, this small masterpiece was eventually translated into several languages and introduces U.S. readers to the work of a brilliant Persian writer. With a tone that is stark, and bold, "Women Without Men" creates an evocative allegory of life for contemporary Iranian women. In the interwoven -destinies of five women, simple situations--such as walking down a road or leaving the house--become, in the tumult of post-WW II Iran, horrific and defiant as women escape the narrow confines of family and society--only to face daunting new challenges.Now in political exile, "Shahrnush Parsipur" lives in the Bay Area. She is the author of several short story collections including "Touba" and the "Meaning of Night."

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"Parsipur offers a fascinating glimpse into the lives of women just beginning to discover what the world holds for them if they are willing to strike out on their own." - Booklist