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Vis & I is an interior monologue during a harrowing cab ride through the streets of Tehran as Pardis rushes to the airport to stop her lover from leaving. Multiple narrative threads and flashbacks, real and imaginary voices--primarily that of Vis, the heroine of the Persian epic romance, Vis & Ramin--interweave in this gritty, postmodern love story. Vis & I poses the ultimate challenge: to exercise the strength of will that Vis has come to represent in the Iranian literary canon and psyche in the vindication of a forbidden love and being true to more

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  • Paperback | 114 pages
  • 127 x 203 x 7mm | 132g
  • L'Aleph
  • English
  • First English ed.
  • Illustrations, black and white
  • 9176372448
  • 9789176372449

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"This book serves as a testament to how a translation can bring alive a work of brilliant prose by keeping intact vivid images that in case of this book are surgically mindful of complex cultural nuances. Farideh Razi's depiction of the classically ingrained ideas and ideals of the Iranian mind as pertains to romance and its epic proportions is NOT lost in translation. Niloufar Talebi places the Western reader in the midst of the tumultuous sea of love in the Persian mind, capturing nuances embedded in anxieties of union and pangs of separation in Vis & I. Talebi deserves recognition for being a new resounding--and resonating--voice for Persian creative writing through her insightful translation. The difficult task of translating the to and fro of time and space in this novel is accomplished without a hitch. Her translation is a guide to the turns and twists of a psyche of a folk utterly and eternally entwined with its rich literary past while tortured by a sometimes hyper-intellectual--and often simply paranoid--post-rationalized present: the products of anxieties that are compounding reminders of an ongoing Shiite passion-play and martyr complex, I dare say, within every Iranian and 'Persian'; and their hyper-sensitivities forever immersed in the fantastical vision of the self. Talebi has served the Persian language divinely. A Great read indeed and a fantastic exhibition of virtuosity in the art of translation. Kudos to both author and translator!" --Alireza Korangy (Editor-in-chief International Journal of Persian Literature) "An admirable accomplishment, as well as a genuine work of art." --Elizabeth Low, Small Press Reviewshow more

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