Proem

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Time and the Parsagon Journey*

In the early snowfall of September in Calgary-my adopted home, and the short and windy autumn that ironically followed the snow, I imagined this moment. This day in November, that I knew I would be out of the country, sitting … read more

Profile

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Profile: Ruyin Pakbaz [1939 – ]

Ruyin Pakbaz (1939, Tehran) is a prominent Iranian art historian, critic, educator and painter.  He studied painting at Tehran University (1967) and then pursued his studies in France (1976). Upon returning to Iran, he began his teaching career by teaching … read more

Piece

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War and Silence

Born in 1980 in Mashhad, Elli Dehnavi is a writer, editor, and literary translator who also does academic research on Middle Eastern cinema and literature. She studied English Literature, and started writing stories and translating works of fiction and critical … read more

Prism

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Rebellion against Oblivion

Rebellion against Oblivion:Visual Accounts on life and Works of Samad Behrangi “Several Accounts of a Man Who Reunited with Aras” is the title of a group painting exhibition, curated by Arash Tanhai, that has recently been held at Dena Gallery … read more

Purview

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The Memories of Taj-al-Saltaneh: A History of Wonder and Anguish

Long before Iranian diaspora women’s memoirs became popular in the West, an Iranian princess of the Qajar dynasty, Taj-al-Saltaneh, ventured into this genre. Despite being raised in Naser-al-Din Shah’s harem, where the Shah’s ardor and egotism had gathered hundreds of … read more

Podium

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Elli Dehnavi Recommends

Born in 1980 in Mashhad, Elli Dehnavi is a writer, editor, and literary translator who also does academic research on Middle Eastern cinema and literature. She studied English Literature, and started writing stories and translating works of fiction and critical … read more

Pendulum

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Simin: Versifier of a Nation’s Sentiments & Sorrows

For more than a half-century, the arena of contemporary Persian literature has been graced with the luminous presence of two Simins: Simin Daneshvar and Simin Behbahani. Both women made observable achievements in the realms of prose and poetry. While the … read more

Prize

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Tirgan Short Story Contest

Tirgan: an ancient celebration of Iranian arts and culture Tirgan refers to an ancient festival traditionally held in the month of July (the month of ‘Tir’ in Persian Calendar). Reviving this ancient tradition, the first edition of Tirgan Festival was … Updated 22 August 2015

Bookshelf

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The Cheese Forest

Title: The Cheese Forest Author: Fereshteh Ahmadi Series: Contemporary Iranian Fiction Genre: Novel Publisher: Qoqnoos Release Date: 2009 Language: Persian To discover the real cause of her father’s death, a girl embarks on a journey back to her hometown where … read more