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Iranian Cities in Persian Fiction

Series: Bibliotheca Iranica: Literature Series 18
Availability: Forthcoming
Published: 2022
Page #: x + 292
Size: 6 x 9
ISBN: 978-1-56859-393-3
bibliography, index, notes

Quick Overview

Every city has its own identity. In the same way that the identity of the people of a city influences and determines the identity of a city, the identity of a city has an impact on that of its people. In this book, the author explores the major cities of Iran that appear in Persian fiction. Within the context of Persian novels and short stories, Iranian Cities in Persian Fiction is also an examination of the historical and cultural identities of the people of such ancient cities as Isfahan, Shiraz, Tabriz, and Mashhad, in addition to other metropolises that have played important social, economic, and political roles not only in the past but also in more recent centuries, including Bushehr, Tehran, Abadan, and Ahvaz. Iranian Cities in Persian Fiction provides readers who have lived in or visited that country, both nostalgically and inquisitively, with a virtual tour of the past and present of many of those cities.

author

M. R. Ghanoonparvar

M. R. Ghanoonparvar is Professor Emeritus of Persian and Comparative Literature at The University of Texas at Austin. Professor Ghanoonparvar has also taught at the University of Isfahan, the University of Virginia, and the University of Arizona, and was a Rockefeller Fellow at the University of Michigan. He is the recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Association of Teachers of Persian (2021) as well as a Lifetime Achievement Award for his contributions to presenting Persian culinary arts to the non-Iranian public from Encyclopædia Iranica (2009). He has published widely on Persian literature and culture in both English and Persian and is the author of: Prophets of Doom: Literature as a Socio-Political Phenomenon in Modern Iran (1984),In a Persian Mirror: Images of the West and Westerners in Iranian Fiction(1993), Translating the Garden (2001), Reading Chubak (2005), Persian Cuisine: Traditional, Regional and Modern Foods (2006), Iranian Film and Persian Fiction (2016), Dining at the Safavid Court (2016), and From Prophets of Doom to Chroniclers of Gloom (2021). His translations include Jalal Al-e Ahmad’s By the Pen, Sadeq Chubak’s The Patient Stone, Simin Daneshvar’s Savushun, Ahmad Kasravi’s On Islam and Shi’ism, Sadeq Hedayat’s The Myth of Creation, Nima Yushij’s The Neighbor Says: Letters of Nima Yushij and the Philosophy of Modern Persian Poetry, Davud Ghaffarzadegan’s Fortune Told in Blood, Mohammad Reza Bayrami’s TheTales of Sabalan and Eagles of Hill 60, and Bahram Beyza’i’s Memoirsof the Actor in a Supporting Role. His edited volumes include Iranian Drama: An Anthology, In Transition: Essays on Culture and Identity in Middle Eastern Societies, Gholamhoseyn Sa’edi’s Othello in Wonderland and Mirror-Polishing Storytellers, and Moniro Ravanipour’s Satan Stones and Kanizu. His most recent translations include Shahrokh Meskub’s In the Alley of the Friend and Leaving, Staying, Returning, Hushang Golshiri’s Book of Jinn, Moniro Ravanipour’s The Drowned and These Crazy Nights, Hamid Shokat’s Flight into Darkness: A Political Biography of Shapour Bakhtiar and Caught in the Crossfire: A Political Biography of Qavamossaltaneh, Ghazaleh Alizadeh’s The Nights of Tehran, Ruhangiz Sharifian’s The Last Dream and Doran, and Shahrnush Parsipur’s Blue Logos. He was the recipient of the 2008 Lois Roth Prize for Literary Translation. His forthcoming books are Swan Songs: On Diseases, Death and Dying in Persian Stories and Life Is a Fiction: A Memoir of Life and Literature. His forthcoming translations include Ghazaleh Alizadeh’s The House of the Edrisis and Two Views, Hossein Atashparvar’s From the Moon to the Well, and Reza Julai’s Jujube Blossoms.

Acknowledgements ix

Introduction xi

Chapter One
Tehran, the Schizophrenic City 1

Chapter Two
Isfahan, the Other Half of the World 46

Chapter Three
Shiraz, the City of Wine, Roses, and Nightingales 91

Chapter Four
Mashhad, the City of the Martyred Saint..131

Chapter Five
Ahvaz, the Forgotten Cosmopolitan City 172

Chapter Six
Abadan, East Meets West in the Concrete Jungle 213

Chapter Seven
Bushehr, the City by the Sea 254

Chapter Eight
Other Cities and Conclusion 292

Bibliography 328

Index 336

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