Strange Times, My Dear The Pen Anthology of Contemporary Iranian Literature

ISBN-10: 1611457289

ISBN-13: 9781611457285

Edition: 2013

Authors: Nahid Mozaffari, Ahmad Karimi-Hakkak

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When Arcade Publishingoriginally contracted this extraordinary collection of poetry and literature,the Department of the Treasury was attempting to censor the publication ofworks from countries on America’s enemies list. Arcade, along with the PENAmerican Center, the Association of American Publishers Professional andScholarly Publishing Division, and the Association of American UniversityPresses, filed a lawsuit in federal court against the United States government.Their landmark case forced the Office of Foreign Assets Control to change theirregulations regarding editing and publishing literature in translation, andArcade is proud to reissue this anthology that showcases the developments inIranian literature over the past quarter-century.  Since the Iranian revolutionof 1979, the United States has been virtually cut off from that country’sculture. Despite severe difficulties imposed by social, political, and economicupheavals, as well as war, repression, and censorship, a veritable culturalrenewal has taken place in Iran over the past quarter-century, not only inliterature, but in music, art, and cinema. Over forty writers from threegenerations contributed to this rich and varied collection—or, to use thePersian term, golchine, a bouquet—onethat provides a much-needed window into a largely undiscovered branch of worldliterature. In the wake of the Green Revolution and sweeping changes in theregion, this particular golchine ismore relevant than ever, and will bring literary enjoyment as well as a fullerunderstanding of a complex and ever-shifting culture. 
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List price: $16.95
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing Company, Incorporated
Publication date: 1/2/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 496
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 1.386
Language: English

Ahmad Karimi Hakkak is a professor of Persian literature and the director of the Center for Persian Studies at the University of Maryland. He has written eighteen books on Persian literature, film, and culture, and is the president of the International Society for Iranian Studies.

Preface to the Second Edition
The Mirror
The Victory Chronicle of the Magi
Excerpt from Scorched Earth
Excerpt from Sorraya in a Coma
Ask the Migrating Birds
The Eyes Won't Take It
The Grocer of Kharzeville
Delayed Consequences of the Revolution
Excerpt from The Book of Absent People
Excerpt from Women Without Men
Satan's Stones
Ah, Istanbul
Mahbubeh and the Demon Ahl
In Another Place
Hitchcock and Agha Baji
A Little Secret
A Room Full of Dust
Excerpt from The Trial
First Love
Shatter the Stone Tooth
White Rock
Peace of Night
In This Blind Alley
Love Song
End of the Game
A Man with a Missing Leg
I Write, I Cross Out
If the Snake Is Domestic
And Behold
It's Time to Mow the Flowers
I Love You, Ancient Homeland
An Allusion
Bad Boy
A Spring Tale
Prayer of Sudden Dread
A Woman Out of Memory
The Terrace of Dead Fishermen
The Green Bull
Martyr's Tombstone
Tomb of Manichaeus
Labial Verse 67
Labial Verse 181
In the New Place, or Exile, a Simple Matter
From the Other Half
I Am Human
Wednesday in March
Wakeful Reveries
I Must Bury Him
The Republic of Hate
The Little Messenger
Saturday Night Dinner
A Bird Is a Bird
The Ax
Afghan Woman
The Sale
Selections from Walking with the Wind
Suggested Reading
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