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- DescriptionSavushun chronicles the life of a Persian family during the Allied occupation of Iran during World War II. It is set in Shiraz, a town which evokes images of Persepolis and pre-Islamic monuments, the great poets, the shrines, Sufis, and madic tribes within a historical web of the interests, privilege and influence of foreign powers; corruption, incompetence and arrogance of persons in authority; the paternalistic landowner-peasant relationship; tribalism; and the fear of famine. The story is seen through the eyes of Zari, a young wife and mother, who copes with her idealistic and uncompromising husband while struggling with her desire for traditional family life and her need for individual identity. Daneshvar's style is both sensitive and imaginative, while following cultural themes and metaphors. Within basic Iranian paradigms, the characters play out the roles inherent in their personalities. While Savushun is a unique piece of literature that transcends the boundaries of the historical community in which it was written, it is also the best single work for understanding modern Iran. Although written prior to the Islamic Revolution, it brilliantly portrays the social and historical forces that gave pre-revolutionary Iran its characteristic hopelessness and emerging desperation so inadequately understood by outsiders. The original Persian edition of Savushun has sold over half a million copies.
- Author BiographySimin Daneshvar was born in Shiraz, Iran in 1921. She received her Doctorate in Persian literature, worked as a Fulbright scholar with Wallace Stegner at Stanford University, and was a professor at Tehran University. Her collection of Persian short stories, published in 1948, was the first by an Iranian woman writer and her acclaimed novel Savushun was the first novel ever published by an Iranian woman.
- Author(s)Simin Daneshvar
- PublisherMage Publishers
- Date of Publication01/01/1997
- SubjectGeneral & Literary Fiction
- Place of PublicationWashington
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintMage Publishers
- Content Noteblack & white illustrations
- Weight425 g
- Width215 mm
- Height140 mm
- Spine18 mm
- Translated byM. R. Ghanoonparvar
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US)
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