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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

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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.

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