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Oct 5-9, 1998 / Mehr 13-17, 1377

 Book of the week

* Sadegh Hedayat: Blind Owl

Past picks

* Romance: Nizami's Layla and Majnun
* History: Shah of Shahs
* Rural:
Children of Deh Koh
* Political poetry:
Iraj Mirza
* Novel:
Persian Brides

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Blind Owl

By Sadegh Hedayat
Translated by D. P. Costello

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Nizami's Layla and Majnun

Translated by Colin Turner

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Xenophon's Imperial Fiction : On the Education of Cyrus

Translated by James Tatum

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Shah of Shahs

By Ryszard Kapuscinski
Vintage Books, 1992

A reader writes: CNN meets Sheherezade This is one of my favorite books of all time. It gave me more information about Iran than everything I read in newspapers or heard on the radio for all the years of the hostage crisis and since. Despite being translated from the Polish, it reads like poetry or myth, and manages to convey a gut level understanding of what it is to be Iranian. Along the way it pulls up all kinds of other issues, and illuminates them with great compassion and insight.What happens to the ruler of a poor third world country when oil suddenly brings unimaginable wealth? What is it like to live with the fear of the secret police permeating every thought and action? What mysterious factor causes a fearful hopeless population to finally revolt against its opressors?

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Children of Deh Koh : Young Life in an Iranian Village

By Erika Friedl
1997, Syracuse University Press

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The Complete Poems of Iraj Mirza

From Iranbooks, Bethesda, Maryland.

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Persian Brides : A Novel

By Dorit Rabinyan, Yael Lotan

The New York Times Book Review, Michael Lowenthal: ...she writes with the wise and leisurely assurance of a town bard recounting communal myths. In this translation by Yael Lotan, Rabinyan's marvelously digressive style and rich prose give the story the feel of a nightlong wedding feast. Persian Brides is an auspicious debut.

The New Yorker: The characters, comic, sodden, and sly, spill out of this small book like clowns in a ragtag circus.

The San Francisco Chronicle, Sherri Hallgren: ...a dazzling and assured first novel ... Persian Brides at once demystifies and mesmerizes.

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Books on Iran-U.S. relations



Iran: Tourist guide
Lonely Planet Iran (2nd Ed)

By Paul Greenway

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