Shahrnush Parsipur, born in 1946, worked for Iranian National Television and Radio from 1967 on as an editor and producer and, at the same time, studied sociology at Tehran University, graduating in 1973. She began writing during this period, publishing her first novel in 1974. In the same year, she resigned from her position in Iranian TV as a protest at the execution of two poets. Soon afterwards, she was herself arrested and imprisoned for a year. In 1981 she was arrested again and imprisoned for four-and-a-half years, a sentence the authorities later described as due to a “misunderstanding”. During these years in prison, Shahrnush Parsipur’s novels gained considerable attention, both nationally and internationally. But even after her release, the topics and concerns in her writings, primarily her critical and provocative stance on women’s issues in Iran, led to more arrests and a ban on her works. After a reading tour of the USA in 1994, she remained in American exile as a political refugee. Her novel “Touba and the Meaning of Night” was published in German in 1995.
Author: House of World Cultures
Men from Various Civilizations
Touba And the Meaning of Night
Novel. Translated by Kamran Talattof, Havva Houshmand. Feminist Press: New York
Women Without Men: A Novel of Modern Iran
Novel. Translated by Jocelyn Sharlet, Kamran Talattof. Feminist Press: New York
Stories from Iran - A Chicago Anthology 1921-1991
Short Stories by Iran´s contemporary writers. Ed. by Heshmat Moayyad, Translated by scholars at the University of Chicago.
This artist took part in the following project(s) organized/funded by the culturebase.net partner institutions.
(19 February 09 - 22 February 09)
Contemporary Positions of Iranian Artists
(19 March 04 - 09 May 04)