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Sohrab's Wars

Counter-Discourses of Contemporary Persian Fiction: A Collection of Short Stories and a Film Script.
Quick Overview

Iran’s literary production of the past century presents unprecedented riches, especially in works of fiction. Through their construction of extremely personal and individual narratives, many of these works have led to the puncturing of the grand narratives of the official discourse and have effectively succeeded in defining different times and spaces according to their own image.

The stories in this collection are among the best literary productions of contemporary Persian fiction. The authors, all of whom are quite established, skillfully use literary devices to create new realities which do not conform to any regulations and limitations imposed by prevalent discourses. These literary realities embody signs and codes which challenge the calcified narratives and definitions of subjective and objective territories.

The authors included here are Reza Julai, Farkhondeh Hajizadeh, Marjan Riahi, Mohammad Asef Soltanzadeh, Shahriar Mandanipour, Bijan Najdi, Bahram Sadeqi, and Bahram Beyzai.

author

Mohammad Mehdi Khorrami

Mohammad Mehdi Khorrami joined the faculty of New York University in 1997 and since then he has been teaching Persian language and literature at the Department of Middle Eastern Studies. His research is focused on the literary characteristics of contemporary Persian fiction and classical Persian poetry. He is the co-editor and co-translator of A Feast in the Mirror: Short Stories by Iranian Women and Another Sea, Another Shore: Persian Stories of Migration. His latest work, Modern Reflections of Classical Traditions in Persian Fiction, is a monograph on some of the major characteristics of contemporary literary production and literary criticism in Iran. This book was published simultaneously in the United States (in English) and in Iran (in Persian). He has also published numerous articles on Persian literature both in Persian and English. Currently he is working on a book project which focuses on analyzing literary counter-discourses in contemporary Persian fiction.

Acknowledgements
Introduction

1. Munes and Mordekhai
Reza Julai

2. Purple Hills
Reza Julai

3. "Let Me Not Split Open the Breast of My Sohrab."
Farkhondeh Hajizadeh

4. Eight-thirty in the Morning
Marjan Riahi

5. The Bridegroom of Kabul
Mohammad Asef Soltanzadeh

6. The Color of Fire at Midday
Shahriar Mandanipour

7. The Field Where Sohrab's Bones Are Planted
Bijan Najdi

8. The Eve of the Slaying of Sohrab
Bijan Najdi

9. Action-Packed
Bahram Sadeqi

10. A New Prologue to the Shahnameh [Screenplay]
Bahram Beyzai

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