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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