The Crazy Dervish and the Pomegranate Tree (Hardcover)

By Farnoosh Moshiri

Black Heron Press, 9780930773700, 176pp.

Publication Date: January 1, 2010

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Awarded the Black Heron Press Prize for Social Fiction. In the dozen stories in The Crazy Dervish and the Pomegranate Tree, Farnoosh Moshiri combines social and political insight with the mythology of her native Iran. Her earlier books, The Bathhouse (which also won the Black Heron Press Prize for Social Fiction) and At the Wall of the Almighty, were set in Iran. The present book is set both in Iran and the United States. Several of the stories are concerned with the loss of status, the poverty, the loss of identity that immigrants often suffer. Unlike most immigrant stories, The Crazy Dervish and the Pomegranate Tree deals equally with the violence and political repression visited upon those who would emigrate during the fundamentalist revolution in Iran.

About the Author

Farnoosh Moshiri was born into a literary family in Teheran, Iran. Under threat of death from the new regime, she escaped from Iran in 1983. She has lived in the United States since 1987. She graduated from the University of Houston's creative writing program where she won the Barthelme Memorial Fellowship. Crazy her third book.

Praise For The Crazy Dervish and the Pomegranate Tree

"Moshiri follows her powerful novels of the Islamic revolution in Iran, At the Wall of the Almighty (2000) and The Bathhouse (2001), with a dozen stories over which the revolution malignantly hovers. In “The Wall,” 12 blindfolded men are driven to a wall and lined up facing it; they stand a while, some faint, then they are driven back. “A couple of us were wet with pee and vomit,” says the narrator. In “Crossing,” a woman works out at the club, watched by a man who is betimes raven-black-haired, graying, or completely whitened; she remembers crossing busy streets holding his hand when she was eight, the tricks he played on her in the last years, after the stroke. The flood of fear that was the revolution terrified at the time and chillingly laps at its survivors’ consciousness 20 years later and thousands of miles from its immediate devastation. The struggle to understand continues, and the last stories in the book tell fables about it that gleam with wonder and, alas, with blood." — Booklist, Ray Olson, Copyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved