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Song of a captive bird : a novel

Title
Song of a captive bird : a novel / Jasmin Darznik.
Author
Darznik, Jasmin, 1973-
Publication
New York : Ballantine Books, [2018]

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Description
401 pages; 22 cm
Subjects
Genre/Form
  • Biographical fiction.
  • Fiction.
  • Historical fiction.
Bibliography (note)
  • Includes bibliographical references (pages 397-398).
Call Number
JFD 18-1483
ISBN
  • 9780399182310
  • 0399182314
  • 1524797669
  • 9781524797669
LCCN
2017058988
Author
Darznik, Jasmin, 1973- author.
Title
Song of a captive bird : a novel / Jasmin Darznik.
Publisher
New York : Ballantine Books, [2018]
Edition
First edition.
Type of Content
text
Type of Medium
unmediated
Type of Carrier
volume
Bibliography
Includes bibliographical references (pages 397-398).
Summary
"A spellbinding debut novel about the trailblazing Iranian poet Forugh Farrokhzad, who defied society's expectations to find her voice and her destiny. "Remember the flight, for the bird is mortal." All through her childhood in Tehran, Forugh Farrokhzad is told that Persian daughters should be quiet and modest. She is taught only to obey, but she always finds ways to rebel, gossiping with her sister among the fragrant roses of her mother's walled garden, venturing to the forbidden rooftop to roughhouse with her three brothers, writing poems to impress her strict, disapproving father, and sneaking out to flirt with a teenage paramour over café glacé. During the summer of 1950, Forugh's passion for poetry takes flight, and tradition seeks to clip her wings. Forced into a suffocating marriage, Forugh runs away and falls into an affair that fuels her desire to write and to achieve freedom and independence. Forugh's poems are considered both scandalous and brilliant; she is heralded by some as a national treasure, vilified by others as a demon influenced by the West. She perseveres, finding love with a notorious filmmaker and living by her own rules, at enormous cost. But the power of her writing only grows stronger amid the upheaval of the Iranian revolution. Inspired by Forugh Farrokhzad's verse, letters, films, and interviews, and including original translations of her poems, this haunting novel uses the lens of fiction to capture the tenacity, spirit, and conflicting desires of a brave woman who represents the birth of feminism in Iran, and who continues to inspire generations of women around the world." -- Amazon.com.
Research Call Number
JFD 18-1483
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