Women Without Men by Shahrnush Parsipur, Shirin Neshat & Faridoun Farrokh
A Novella (Middle East Literature in Translation)

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"Using the techniques of both the fabulist and the polemicist, Parsipur continues her protest against traditional Persian gender relations in this charming, powerful novella."—Publishers Weekly

A modern literary masterpiece, Women Without Men creates an evocative and powerfully drawn allegory of life in contemporary Iran. Internationally acclaimed writer Shahrnush Parsipur follows the interwoven destinies of five women—including a prostitute, a wealthy middle-aged housewife, and a schoolteacher—as they arrive by different paths to live together in a garden in Tehran.

Shortly after the 1989 publication of Women Without Men in her native Iran, Parsipur was arrested and jailed for her frank and defiant portrayal of women's sexuality.

This volume is the first author-approved translation of Women Without Men.

Sharhnush Parsipur is the author of Touba and the Meaning of Night, among many books. Born in Iran in 1946, she began her career as a fiction writer and a producer of Iranian National Television and Radio. She now lives in exile in California.

Shirin Neshat is an internationally acclaimed visual artist from Iran who adapted Women Without Men into a feature film.

Faridoun Farrokh is a professor of English at Texas A&M International University.

 

About Shahrnush Parsipur, Shirin Neshat & Faridoun Farrokh

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Talattof is a Professor in the Near East Studies Department at Princeton University Sharlet is Assistant Professor of Comparative Literature at the University of California-Davis. She specializes in Arabic language and literature, Persian literature, Turkish language, and Islamic civilization.
 
Published January 10, 2012 by The Feminist Press at CUNY. 192 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, History, Travel, Horror. Fiction

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The oppression of women in Iran’s male-dominated culture and the power inherent in female solidarity are the themes of Parsipur’s ingenious “novel,” which is composed of thirteen related stories depicting five abused women whose assertions of their independence take vivid symbolic forms.

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Using the techniques of both the fabulist and the polemicist, Paripur (Prison Memoirs) continues her protest against traditional Persian gender relations in this charming yet powerful novella.

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Boston.com

‘Women Without Men’’ takes place in 1953, during the civic unrest surrounding the CIA-backed overthrow of Iran’s prime minister, Mohammad Mossadegh.

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The New York Review of Books

Women Without Men is the Iranian-born artist Shirin Neshat’s first feature-length film, and also her first intended for viewing in theaters.

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Variety

Famed visual artist Shirin Neshat makes her feature debut with an uneven adaptation of the controversial Persian novella “Women Without Men.” Directed in collaboration with her offscreen partner, helmer-artist Shoja Azari, the much-anticipated pic has striking moments comparable to the best of Ne...

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