Touba and the Meaning of Night
Publication Year: 2009
Published by: The Feminist Press
Title Page, Copyright
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Translating Women’s Experience: A Note on Rendering the Novel
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...sipurâs novels to be translated into English. The first, her brilliantshort novel Women Without Men,2 was published in English in 1998,Parsipurâs masterpiece, must be considered as a major literary event,in terms of its themes, its popularity with Persian-language readers,and the controversy that it created at the time of its publication in...
List of Characters
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The sky was crazy. Rain had been falling for three days, bringing anend to the seven years of drought that had caused the pool in themiddle of the front yard to be covered with dried scum. Touba tookthe opportunity to scrub away the old scum with a broom. So thatshe could continue her work, she emptied the water bucket by buck-...
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Suddenly, the noise of children playing ceased. Toubaâs maternalinstincts prompted her to leave the loom to investigate the cause. Heryears old, had been weaving next to her mother. She followed behind,hoping for relief from the tedious work. Touba approached the cellarwindow and saw her aunt crouched by the small pond in the court-...
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...fetch some mint ice drinks. Madam Amineh had arrived to tell themStreet to see something extraordinary. The late spring heat felt sti-fling, and she drank a full bowl of the mint ice Touba brought. Theclothes were sitting half-washed in the basin, but Touba dried herAmineh had encouraged Moones to come along as well, so the three...
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...could see rectangular flower beds, the octagonal blue cement pool, the not-very-professionally plastered, carved columns of the terrace, thedoor, and the green windows of the rooms on the south side of thehouse. A piece of sky was reflected in the pool, where mosquitoes laidtheir eggs, the algae twisted around itself, and occasionally some red-...
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Whoever is marked out for Paradise, will see the tree when he goesIt is only the story that can continue beyond the war and the warrior.It is only . . . the story that saves our progeny from blundering likeblind beggars into the spikes of the cactus fence. The story is our escort.Touba and Meaning of Night is the story of a country, a house, a leg-...
Biography of Shahrnush Parsipur
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Parispur was born in Tehran, Iran, in 1946. At an early age, Parsipurshowed an interest in literature, and her liberal-minded parentsencouraged her education and supported her interest in writing. Atthe age of eleven or twelve she read a translation of Fyodor Dos-toyevskyâs The Insulted and Injured and was deeply moved by the...
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...is a nonprofit literary and educational institution dedicated to pub-tional curriculaâand that such absences contribute, in turn, to thethe Feminist Press launched the contemporary rediscovery of âlostâAmerican women writers, and went on to diversify its list by pub-More recently, the Pressâs publishing program has focused on inter-...
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Publication Year: 2009