Censoring An Iranian Love Story

Censoring An Iranian Love Story

A Novel

Book - 2009
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Shahriar Mandanipour, a contemporary and controversial Iranian writer, presents his first novel written in English. Seamlessly entwining two related narratives, Mandanipour unfolds the tale of an Iranian writer attempting to pen a love story set in present-day Iran. Similar to Romeo and Juliet, the writer's two lovers struggle to endure against powerful external forces. Unfortunately, though, the Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance furiously attempts to censor the writer's work.
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2009
Characteristics: 295 p. ; 25 cm
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780307269782


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lbarkema Jun 19, 2014

I didn't hate it by any means, but neither did I absolutely love it. The reason why I couldn't love it was because of how confusing I found it at times, and I wasn't able to read it at a faster pace- it took me quite a while to finish. The way in which the book is written is interesting and unique and I appreciated that, but ultimately the ending of it did not satisfy me. I definitely enjoyed learning more about Iranian history and a culture that I know little about. I probably wouldn't really recommend it to many people because I believe it takes a certain kind-of person to really enjoy this entire novel for what it is, and I wasn't that kind-of person.

StratfordLibrary Mar 22, 2013

Blind Date With A Book comment: 'for me, the author kept getting in the way, so it was a laborious read. I imagine, though, it's laborious as well for Iranian would-be lovers to get to the end of their own stories."

kturz Aug 05, 2009

This book was an awesome exploration of a writer's relationship with his craft and country. It's the epitome of "meta"...a book about writing a book.

I just wish I knew more about Iranian culture, legends, and literature; I felt like many references soared over my head!


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