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Shades of Truth: Iranian Short Fiction of the Fifth Generation in Translation

Veronica Thompson, Elli Dehnavi, Manijeh Mannani

Availability: Forthcoming
Published: 2019
Page #: 195
Size: 5.5 x 8.5
ISBN: 978-1-56859-314-2
bibliography, index, notes

Quick Overview

Today perhaps more than ever before there is a need to introduce to the world the great talent of young Iranians distilled in fiction that only complements the eternal poetry of their predecessors. The collection comprises ten selected short stories by ten prominent Iranian short story tellers of the fifth generation (Fereshteh Ahmadi; Behnaz Alipour-Gaskari; Azardokht Bahrmai; Peyman Esmaeili; Hamed Esmaeilion; Hamed Habibi; Hafez Khiavi; Mahsa Mohebail; Mehdi Rabbi; and Amir H. Yazdanbod). The stories are translated into English by ten competent academics and researchers (Elli Dehnavi; Manijeh Mannani; Babak Elahi; Marta Simidchieva; Khatereh Sheibani; Farideh Goldin; Caroline Croskery; Madeleine Voegli; Susan Niazi; and Madi Ganjavi). The preoccupations of the writers included in this collection are wide-ranging, and the stories predominantly deal with the universal subject matters of love, loss, death, gender relations, and trust among other weighty subjects. While the subject matter engaged in these short stories is not exclusively local, the thematic and stylistic approaches to portraying them and the writers’ engagement with sociopolitical issues differentiate the stories from the fiction of other writers globally and yet bring them together and point to the underlying human aspirations for justice and beauty. Each short story is contextualized by a brief introductory piece by the translator. Additionally, the collection has an in-depth critical introduction that situates the volume within its immediate Iranian milieu. The collection also benefits from a foreword that further contextualizes it.

Veronica Thompson

Elli Dehnavi

Manijeh Mannani

Foreword
Veronica Thompson.
Iranian Short Fiction of the Fifth Generation: An Introduction.
Elli Dehnavi and Manijeh Mannani.

Contributors.

Fereshteh Ahmadi, “No Head on Her Shoulders.”
Translation and Introduction by Caroline Croskery.

Behnaz Alipour-Gaskari, “The Crane.”
Translation and Introduction by Khatereh Sheibani.

Azardokht Bahrami, “Tuesday Nights.”
Translation and Introduction by Manijeh Mannani.

Peyman Esmaeili, “Water World.”
Translation and Introduction by Elli Dehnavi.

Hamed Esmaeilion, “Bahâdor.”
Translation and Introduction by Mahdi Ganjavi.

Hamed Habibi; “Where the Auto-repair Shops End.”
Translation and Introduction by Marta Simidchieva.

Hafez Khiavi, “The Moon Shone on the Grave.”
Translation and Introduction by Babak Elahi.

Mahsa Mohebali, “Being in Love in Footnotes.”
Translation and Introduction by Madeleine Voegeli

Mehdi Rabbi, “Mausoleum.”
Translation and Introduction by Susan Niazi.

Amir H. Yazdanbod, “Someone Like Sonya.”
Translation and Introduction by Farideh Goldin.

Index.

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