My love, I signed / what papers they put before me. / The next morning a breeze / swept in across the bar. I watched it lean / the white sails toward starboard / and lift your heavy ashes / into the air. ...more
Golnaz Hashemzadeh Bonde discusses her second novel, WHAT WE OWE.
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Rabeah Ghaffari discusses her debut novel, TO KEEP THE SUN ALIVE.
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An enjoyable and thought-provoking read, Moon Brow trades on its striking and unusual formal features to allude to the complexities and consequences of war. ...more
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Diasporic communities live inside a host nation, but they also live with difference. ...more
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Somewhere in an anonymous functionary’s desk drawer or a filing cabinet in a fluorescent-lit office or a cardboard box in a dusty basement sits the Persian-language manuscript of Mahmoud Dowlatabadi’s The Colonel. Whatever the Iranian government does with books that challenge the official history, that so incisively delineate the many facets of Iranian politics and […]