Women Without Men: A Novella

Syracuse University Press
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Five women set out to escape the oppressive restrictions of family and social life in contemporary Iran. A prostitute, a wealthy, middle-aged housewife, two seemingly desperate "old maids, " and a woman whose career ended after her boss asked her out share a common quest for independence that may be fulfilled in a garden villa. Through murder, suicide, even rape, as well as love, contemplation, and spiritual transformation, these women escape the narrow confines of family and society, only to face new challenges.
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About the author

Shahrnush Parsipur was born in Iran in 1946. While incarcerated by the Islamic Republic in the 1970s she wrote the first part of her masterpiece Touba and the Meaning of Night. Parsipur now lives and writes in exile in the San Francisco Bay Area. In 1994 she was recognized by the Fund for Free Expression of Human Rights Watch-Lillian

Kamran Talattof is professor of Persian and Iranian studies at the University of Arizona and a cotranslator of "Touba and the Meaning of Night", a controversial novel banned by the mullahs on publication.

Sharlet is Assistant Professor of Comparative Literature at the University of California-Davis. She specializes in Arabic language and literature, Persian literature, Turkish language, and Islamic civilization.

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Syracuse University Press
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Published on
Dec 31, 1998
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Pages
131
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ISBN
9780815605522
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Language
English
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Genres
Fiction / Literary
Literary Criticism / Middle Eastern
Literary Criticism / Women Authors
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