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Censoring an Iranian Love Story
Shahriar Mandanipour

Classification : General & Literary Fiction
Pub Date : Apr 20, 2011
Imprint : Abacus
Page Extent : 304
Binding : PB
ISBN : 9780349121451
Price : 699

About the book
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: 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. Through adeptly handled asides to the reader, as well as anecdotes, codes and metaphors, and cheeky references to the wonderfully rich Iranian literary heritage, the novel builds to offer a revealing yet often playful and hopeful comment on the pressures of writing within the tightly prescribed Islamic regime, pressures that naturally are heightened where affairs of the heart are concerned.

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** 'Censoring an Iranian Love Story is intriguing even before its first page . . . An absorbing and unique novel with a depth of feeling for words and stories in Iran' The Scotsman

** 'A playful tale . . . Censoring an Iranian Love Story is a brilliant novel about the complexities of writing and publishing in Iran' Guardian

** 'The absurdities of life in the Islamic Republic of Iran provide frequent moment of hilarity ? typical of political satires in the tradition of Milan Kundera . . . Censoring an Iranian Love Story in both context and style gives us a timely glimpse of the complex and infuriatingly paradoxical society that is today's Iran . . . Mandanipour has the potential to create a genre of Persian literature that could breach the gap in literary sensibilities that separates readers from vastly different traditions' Irish Times

** 'A marvellous tale . . . This is a writer intoxicated with the possibilities of language, and his timely, well-translated book is about a potent love affair, not only with women, but also with words' New Statesman

** 'This important, timely novel is sharp, playful and zesty with life' Daily Mail

** 'This is a very special novel . . . passionate, inventive and humorous' The Times

** 'It's a powerful, provocative and timely novel' Observer

** 'I absolutely loved Censoring an Iranian Love Story. Insightful and sensual, humorous and sly, allegorical and literary, it is an endless pleasure: a celebration of love and the written word from a part of the world where both still matter' Gary Shteyngart, author of Absurdistan

** 'Mandanipour's writing is exuberant, clever, profuse with puns and literary-political references; the reader might easily think of the Rushdie of Midnight's Children. . . . Charming, inventive, playfully alive' James Wood, THE NEW YORKER

** 'Darkly comic . . . A novel about two young Iranians trying to conduct a romance in Tehran and a Kundera-like rumination on philosophy and politics [that] investigates the possibilities and limits of storytelling . . . Haunting' Michiko Kakutani, NEW YORK TIMES
     
Shahriar Mandanipour
Shahriar Mandanipour has won awards for his novels, short stories and non-fiction in Iran, although he was unable to publish his fiction from 1992 until 1997 through censorship. He went to the US in...(+)
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Censoring An Iranian Love Story (PB)