Censoring an iranian love story is a brilliant novel about the complexities of writing and publishing in iran. Mandanipour wrote censoring an iranian love story while holding an international writers project fellowship residency at brown university, and is now a visiting scholar at harvard university. Ostensibly a tale of romance, the book delves deeply into themes of censorship as the author struggles, in the text, with writing a love story that hell be able to get past irans ministry of culture and islamic guidances office of. Censoring an iranian love story ebook by shahriar mandanipour. The story is told by a fictional narrator who is caught between the undeniable urge to write a love story and the story he is allowed to write in accordance with extreme censorship from the government. Censoring an iranian love story opens a revelatory window onto what its like to live, to love, and to be an artist in todays iran. At its best, censoring an iranian love story becomes a kunderalike rumination on philosophy and politics that playfully investigates the possibilities and limits of storytelling. A search query can be a title of the book, a name of the author, isbn or anything else. First off, we learn from the narrator, who like the author is named shariar, that to be a writer in iran means not only writing the story you want to write but also having to bowdlerize the story for the ministry of culture. Goodreads members who liked censoring an iranian love stor. Censoring an iranian love story by zipp, yvonne the. Just as sara and dara face dangers and obstacles in pursuing their relationship.
Censoring an iranian love story is a brilliant novel about the complexities of writing and publishing in iran guardian censoring an iranian love story is intriguing even before its first page. For mandanipour, the censor is a kind of cowriter of the book, and he appears often in this novel. In 2009, mandanipour published censoring an iranian love story, his first novel to be translated into english. Censoring an iranian love story hardcover the elliott bay. I am an iranian writer tired of writing dark and bitter stories, stories. W hen a story comes to an iranian writers mind, he or she is doomed to think of two different versions. The complete list get all of nprs best book of 2009 recommendations in this. In shahriar mandanipours censoring an iranian love story. Jun 30, 2009 censoring an iranian love story by shahriar mandanipour an iranian writer who is currently a visiting scholar at harvard is, at once, a novel about two young iranians trying to conduct a. A writer named shahriarthe authors fictional alter egohas struggled for years against the allpowerful censor at the ministry of. Written by an esteemed iranian author, shahriar mandanipour, censoring an iranian love story is a darkly comic and profoundly touching story that weaves an intricate tale of love between the constraints of contemporary iranian government and the cultural relationships between men and women there. The first of mandanipours novels to appear in english follows an ambitious but censored iranian writer as he attempts to write a nobelcaliber love story that will pass the censors inspection. Michiko kakutani, the new york times a love story that is convincingly, achingly impossible in a place where men and women cannot even look at each other in.
An absorbing and unique novel with a depth of feeling for words and stories in iran the scotsman show more. The book cover archive, for the appreciation and categorization of excellence in book cover design. Editions of censoring an iranian love story by shahriar. Bbc radio 4 drama, censoring an iranian love story. Iranian mig29 air force iranian experts added new electronic warfare systems. Find books like censoring an iranian love story from the worlds largest community of readers. How does its unique structure reflect the ideas and. Right here, i come face to face with another problem in writing my love story. Reading guide for censoring an iranian love story by shahriar. Responding to these conflicts and engaging with contemporary human rights issues in the wake of the revolution has become vital for late 20thcentury iranian authors, who have collectively given a voice to a modern iran. Censoring an iranian love story npr coverage of censoring an iranian love story by shahriar mandanipour and sara khalili. Find out when censoring an iranian love story is on tv, including series 1episode 2.
Censoring an iranian love story by by shahriar mandanipour. The novel entwines two equally powerful narratives. It will help to further understanding of the frustrating and sometimes perilous situation of the book industry in a country where is not respected. Censoring an iranian love story, by shahriar mandanipour. One of the things i found unusual about censoring an iranian love story is the playful way in which mandanipour deals with what could easily become pretty depressing subject matter. Read censoring an iranian love story by shahriar mandanipour available from rakuten kobo. Read censoring an iranian love story video dailymotion. I am an iranian writer, the narrator informs us early on, tired of writing dark and bitter stories, stories populated by. A bookworm myself, i keep a keen eye out for such books and often read them as soon as they become available. Shahriar mandanipour, a contemporary and controversial iranian writer, presents his first novel written in english.
Zalerts allow you to be notified by email about the availability of new books according to your search query. You can also use calibre to convert epub files and other formats, however, youll need to select azw3 as the output format, because the old mobi format doesnt support persian text. A love story is contained within it, but solely as a vehicle for the author to write an extended set of stories and personal accounts about life in iran, and particularly the censorship of artistic works. However, if you have paid attention, you will have noticed that i, with that notorious cunning of a writer, have described the scuf. Zlibrary is one of the largest online libraries in the world that contains over 4,960,000 books and 77,100,000 articles. Censoring an iranian love story what time is it on tv. Even in the library where they first meet, sara and dara must sit in separate sections one for men, one for women, and dara glimpses nothing more than saras shoes. A writer must cheat the censor to publish his love story.
May 05, 2009 laced with surprising humor and irony, at once provocative and deeply moving, censoring an iranian love story takes us unforgettably to the heart of one of the worlds most alluring yet least understood cultures. Seamlessly entwining two related narratives, mandanipour unfolds the tale of an iranian writer attempting to pen a love story set in presentday iran. Censoring an iranian love story kindle edition by mandanipour, shahriar, khalili, sara. Censoring an iranian love story is one of the most unusual books i have read recently and is very difficult to classify. Sara falls in love with dara through secret messages hidden in code in the pages of books that have been outlawed, but then something quite extraordinary and unexpected happens. Aug 14, 2009 censoring an iranian love story by shahriar mandanipour. Romance, persian language contemporary fiction, fiction, fiction general, literary, historical, general. Inventive, darkly comic and profoundly touching, censoring an iranian love story celebrates both the unquenchable power of the written word and a love that is doomed, glorious, and utterly real. Since the islamic revolutionary movement overthrew the peacock throne the shah in 1979 the islamic republic has main.
Translation of previously unpublished persian novel. Censoring an iranian love story is not simply prohibited by censorship but made by it. A writer named shahriarthe authors fictional alter egohas struggled for years against the allpowerful censor at the ministry of culture and islamic guidance. In stories that go to the ministry of culture and islamic guidance to receive publishing permits, there should be no foul language uttered by the characters, especially popular curse words associated with the primary sexual organs and auxiliary sexual organs. Irans turbulent 20th century saw various political and social upheavals, including the iranian revolution in 1979. In censoring an iranian love story, the first novel to be published in english by iranian writer shahriar mandanipour, the first word of the title is the one that should govern a readers expectations. Homemade love persian iranian iran islamic republic of. Use features like bookmarks, note taking and highlighting while reading censoring an iranian love story. Jun 01, 2010 censoring an iranian love story is one of the most unusual books i have read recently and is very difficult to classify. Censoring an iranian love story by shahriar mandanipour, translated by sara khalili censoring an iranian love story is unlike any other book ive read. Stories of courage, redemption, and pee sarah silverman. This story is juxtaposed with, and soon subsumed by, a love story the kunderaesque narrator wants to write.
I suppose it could be compared to the movie within a movie aspect of the princess bride, if the princess bride was, at its heart, about the difficulty of literature in iran. An avid fan of ann tylers, i looked forward to her upcoming book, digging to america, and when i learned that the story also portrays iranian characters, i asked my bookstore to notify me as soon as it came in shorts iranian. Censoring an iranian love story paperback the elliott bay. In his first novel to appear in english, one of irans most important living fiction writers the guardian shows what. Censoring an iranian love story shahriar mandanipour. Truly original, censoring an iranian love story is an incredibly imaginative yet always charming love story set in contemporary iran that crackles with wit, verve and social comment. Censoring an iranian love story encyclopaedia iranica. Jan 04, 2010 censoring an iranian love story is a book of many stories in multiple layers told in an original and satirical manner.
Download it once and read it on your kindle device, pc, phones or tablets. Censoring an iranian love story by shahriar mandanipour. Censoring an iranian love story shahriar mandanipour, author, sara khalili, translator, trans. Censoring an iranian love story by shahriar mandanipour censoring an iranian love story becomes a kunderalike rumination on philosophy and politics that playfully investigates the possibilities and limits of storytelling.108 1153 542 322 886 1351 880 1183 1071 1433 905 255 151 535 854 994 1382 352 1413 412 4 1130 925 120 685 1014 1453 898 1401 865 1194 86 664 551 1302 431 1208 1218 329 873