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Touba and the meaning of night

Author: Shahrnūsh Pārsīʹpūr; Havva Houshmand; Kamran Talattof
Publisher: New York : Feminist Press at the City University of New York, 2008, ©2006.
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"A major literary event, the publication of Touba and the Meaning of Night introduces English-speaking readers to the masterpiece of a great contemporary Persian writer, renowned in her native Iran and much of Western Europe. This remarkable epic novel, begun during one of the author's several imprisonments, was published in Iran in 1989 to great critical acclaim and instant bestseller status -- until Shahrnush  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Fiction
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Shahrnūsh Pārsīʹpūr; Havva Houshmand; Kamran Talattof
ISBN: 9781558615571 1558615571
OCLC Number: 154704737
Language Note: Translated from Persian.
Notes: Originally published 2006.
Description: xvi, 367 pages ; 22 cm
Other Titles: Tūbā va maʻnā-yi shab.
Responsibility: Shahrnush Parsipur ; translated from the Persian by Havva Houshmand and Kamran Talattof ; translating women's experience by Kamran Talattof ; afterword by Houra Yavari ; biography by Persis M. Karim.

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"A major literary event, the publication of Touba and the Meaning of Night introduces English-speaking readers to the masterpiece of a great contemporary Persian writer, renowned in her native Iran and much of Western Europe. This remarkable epic novel, begun during one of the author's several imprisonments, was published in Iran in 1989 to great critical acclaim and instant bestseller status -- until Shahrnush Parsipur was again arrested a year later, and all her works banned by the Islamic Republic. In the character of Touba, Parsipur explores the changing fortunes of Iranian women through eighty years of turbulent history. After her father's death, fourteen-year-old Touba proposes to a fifty-two-year-old relative in order to ensure her family's financial security. Intimidated by her outspoken nature, Touba's husband soon divorces her. She marries again, this time to a prince with whom she experiences tenderness and physical passion and has four children -- but he proves unfaithful and unreliable. Touba is granted a divorce from him, and lives out the rest of her long life as matriarch to a changing household of family members and refugees. Touba and the Meaning of Night explores, from a distinctly Iranian viewpoint, the ongoing tensions between rationalism and mysticism, tradition and modernity, male dominance and female will. Throughout, it defies Western stereotypes of Iranian women and Western expectations of literary form, speaking in an idiom that reflects both the unique creative voice of its author and an important tradition in Persian women's writing."--Publisher description.

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