Touba and the Meaning of Night by Shahrnush Parsipur
(Women Writing the Middle East)

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“[With this] bold, insightful novel . . . Parsipur makes a stylishly original contribution to modern feminist literature.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“Parsipur should be admired both as a courageous woman who endured jail and torture . . . and as a writer and innovator.”—Azar Nafisi, author of Reading Lolita in Tehran

Now available in paperback, this complex epic captures the changing fortunes of Iranian women in the twentieth century from the era of colonialism to the rule of two shahs to the 1980 Islamic Revolution.

The Iranian best-selling author of eleven books, including Women Without Men, Shahrnush Parsipur now lives in exile in the United States.


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Shahrnush Parsipur was born in Iran in 1946. While incarcerated by the Islamic Republic in the 1970s she wrote the first part of her masterpiece Touba and the Meaning of Night. Parsipur now lives and writes in exile in the San Francisco Bay Area. In 1994 she was recognized by the Fund for Free Expression of Human Rights Watch--Lillian Kamran Talattof previously co-translated Parsipur's Women without Men and is associate professor of Near Eastern Studies, the University of Arizona, Tucson. Houra Yavari is a Senior Research Scholar in the Department of Middle Eastern and Asian Languages and Cultures at Columbia University.
Published January 1, 2008 by The Feminist Press at CUNY. 368 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Eighty dramatic years in Iran—from the turn of the 20th-century to the 1979 revolution—are witnessed through Touba's chador-covered eyes in this bold, insightful novel, Parsipur's second to be translated into English.

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