The Bathhouse by Farnoosh Moshiri
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During the fundamentalist revolution in Iran, a 17-year-old girl is arrested by the Revolutionary Guards. She is not political, but her brother and sister-n-law are, so she is suspect too. She is confined in a former bathhouse with several other women ranging in age from adolescence to elderly, whose mental states vary from the stoic and care-giving to the insane. Based on interviews with several Iranian women who had been imprisoned in such a bathhouse, this novel documents the torment they endured and honors their humanity and courage. Winner of the 2001 Black Heron Press Award for Social Fiction.

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Farnoosh Moshiri was born into a literary family in Teheran, where she was raised. Originally a dramatist, in 1983 she was one of a group of actors and playwrights who were ordered to sign an agreement to obey the rules of the new (Khomenei's) order. They refused and Moshiri went underground, eventually escaping to Afghanistan ("another prison"), then to India where she wrote in a closet, the only place she could find privacy in the one-room flat she shared with other refugees. She has lived in Houston, Texas since 1987 and is a graduate of the University of Houston's creative writing program. The jacket art for The Bathhouse is taken from a watercolor Ms. Moshiri painted.
Published April 15, 2003 by Beacon Press. 152 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences, Literature & Fiction, Children's Books. Fiction

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As human rights abuses involving women in the Middle East continue to be exposed, Moshiri's prison novel (her second, after At the Wall of the Almighty) about a 17-year-old Iranian woman seized at the beginning of Iran's fundamentalist revolution provides a poignant but brutal reminder that the p...

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