Censoring an Iranian Love Story

By Shahriar Mandanipour; Sara Khalili (Translator)
(Vintage Books USA, Paperback, 9780307390424, 295pp.)

Publication Date: June 1, 2010

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If conducting a love affair in modern Iran is not a simple undertaking, then telling the story of that love may be even more difficult. In a country where mere proximity between a man and a woman may be the prologue to deadly sin, where illicit passion is punished by imprisonment, or even death, telling that most redemptive of human narratives becomes the greatest literary challenge. Shahriar Mandanipour evokes a pair of young lovers who find each other - despite surreal persecution and repressive parents - through coded messages and internet chat rooms; and triumphantly their story entwines with an account of their creator's struggle. Inventive, darkly comic and profoundly touching, "Censoring an Iranian Love Story" celebrates both the unquenchable power of the written word and a love that is doomed, glorious, and utterly real.

About the Author
Shahriar Mandanipour is an Iranian exile, the author of numerous works of fiction. He was a soldier in the war between Iran and Iraq, which he wrote about to great acclaim in Iran, but recent work more critical of the government has led to his exile. Currently a fellow at Harvard University, this is his first translation into English.

Goli Taraghi was born in Tehran in 1939. She has been honored as a Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres in France, and her work has been widely anthologized, including in Reza Aslan's Tablet and Pen. She lives in Paris.
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