By Shahriar Mandanipour
From certainly one of Iran’s such a lot acclaimed and debatable modern writers, his first novel to seem in English—a dazzlingly artistic paintings of fiction that opens a revelatory window onto what it’s wish to stay, to like, and to be an artist in today’s Iran.
The novel entwines both strong narratives. A author named Shahriar—the author’s fictional regulate ego—has struggled for years opposed to the omnipotent censor on the Ministry of tradition and Islamic counsel. Now, at the threshold of 50, bored with writing darkish and sour tales, he has come to gain that the “world round us has sufficient dying and destruction and sorrow.” He units out as a substitute to put in writing a bewitching love tale, one set in present-day Iran. it can be his maximum problem yet.
Beautiful black-haired Sara and fiercely proud Dara fall in love within the dusty stacks of the library, the place they move mystery messages to one another encoded within the pages in their favourite books. yet Iran’s crusade opposed to Social Corruption forbids their being by myself jointly. Defying the kingdom and their disapproving mom and dad, they meet in mystery amid the bustling streets, web cafés, and plush inner most gardens of Tehran.
Yet writing freely of Sara and Dara’s encounters, their wishes, could placed Shahriar in as a lot peril as his fans. hence we learn not only the scenes Shahriar has written but in addition the sentences and phrases he’s crossed out or simply imagined, understanding they could by no means be published.
Laced with stunning humor and irony, instantaneously provocative and deeply relocating, Censoring an Iranian Love Story takes us unforgettably to the center of 1 of the world’s such a lot eye-catching but least understood cultures. it's an inventive, thoroughly unique novel—a literary travel de strength that could be a triumph of paintings and spirit.
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