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Touba and the Meaning of Night
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"In the character of Touba, an intellectually intrepid and spiritually gifted woman, Shahrnush Parsipur distills eight decades of Iranian history, including the eras of British and Russian colonialism, the reigns of two shahs, the brief period of democracy in the 1950s, which a U.S.-backed coup ended, and the advent of the Islamic Revolution." "From a distinctly Iranian perspective, Touba and the Meaning of Night reveals ongoing tension between rationalism and mysticism, tradition and modernity, male and female, East and West. Speaking in an idiom unique to its author and indicative of a new tradition in Persian women's writing, the epic also defies Western stereotypes of Iranian women and Western expectations of Iranian literary form."--BOOK JACKET.
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