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Censoring an Iranian Love Story - by Shahriar Mandanipour (Paperback)

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Number of Pages: 295

Genre: Fiction + Literature Genres

Sub-Genre: Literary

Format: Paperback

Publisher: Vintage

Age Range: Adult

Author: Shahriar Mandanipour

Language: English

Street Date: June 1, 2010
TCIN: 78709168
UPC: 9780307390424
Item Number (DPCI): 247-25-2876
Origin: Made in the USA or Imported

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A New Yorker Best Book of the Year
One of the Best Debuts of 2009 --NPR

Exciting. . . . Powerful. . . . Mandanipour's writing is exuberant, bonhomous, clever, profuse with puns and literary-political references. --James Wood, The New Yorker

A clever Rubik's Cube of a story, [and] a haunting portrait of life in the Islamic Republic of Iran. . . . An Escher-like meditation on the interplay of life and art, reality and fiction. . . . At its best, Censoring an Iranian Love Story becomes a Kundera-like rumination on philosophy and politics [that] playfully investigates the possibilities and limits of storytelling. --Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times

A love story that is convincingly, achingly impossible in a place where men and women cannot even look at each other in public. The effect (as every good Victorian understood) is deliriously sensual prose. . . . Mandanipour has triumphed. --Los Angeles Times

Wry, playful. . . . Reminiscent of Milan Kundera, this is a lively account of life and letters in contemporary Iran. --Financial Times

In this brilliantly conceived and cleverly written novel, characters and author together and separately act and write with sly purpose, disguising and disavowing their subversive ends--to live, love, and create in today's repressive Iranian society. --The Boston Globe

Devious and engaging. . . . A droll, even cheerful portrait of totalitarian craziness. --Bloomberg News

Not your typical love story. . . . A meditation on culture, modern Iran, and the power of what is left out. . . . By the end of this witty, hyper-intelligent riff on life under a repressive regime, the writer has demonstrated the mental and emotional contortions necessary to survive. --The Christian Science Monitor

Telling amorous tales in post-Islamic-revolution Iran is tricky, if not downright dangerous, but [Mandanipour] is up to the task. . . . And as much as humor dominates the book, it quietly gets at something else--the omnipotence of tyranny. --The Miami Herald

A very special novel--a passionate, inventive and humorous exposure of the stupidity and cruelty of a society ruled by fear. --The Times (London)

Neither sentimental nor nostalgic, romanticized nor demonized. Looking at his country and its inhabitants through a fiction writer's authentic spectacles, Mandanipour has written a novel that is witty, smart, funny, and honest. It is an important book for our times. --Rabih Alameddine, author of The Hakawati

Rich and riveting. --The Irish Times

A brilliant novel about the complexities of writing and publishing in Iran. It will help to further understanding of the frustrating and sometimes perilous situation of the book industry in a country where copyright is not respected, where writers struggle desperately to publish and can be jailed simply for exercising their imaginations. --The Guardian (London)

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