This novel about the trailblazing Iranian poet Forugh Farrokhzad is by an Iranian-born author who grew up mostly in the US). It is a work of historical fiction described in The New York Times
Book Review “as a complex and beautiful rendering of a vanished country”.
Through her childhood in Tehran, Farrokhzad is told that Persian daughters should be quiet and modest. She is taught only to obey, but always finds ways to rebel. Forced into a suffocating marriage, she conjures a way to flee and falls into an affair that fuels her desire to write and to achieve freedom and independence.
Farrokhzad’s poems are considered scandalous and brilliant; she is heralded by some as a national treasure, vilified by others as a demon influenced by the West. The power of her writing grows stronger amid the upheaval of the Iranian revolution.
Inspired by Farrokhzad’s verse, letters and interviews, Darznik uses fiction to capture the tenacity, spirit and conflicting desires of a brave woman who represents the birth of feminism in Iran – and who continues to inspire generations of women around the world.