Nahid Mozaffari @ UC Berkeley

Thursday, September 8, 2005
Time: 05:00 PM
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A SPECIAL EVENT

Thursday, September 8 at University of California at Berkeley

"Strange Times, My Dear: The PEN Anthology of Contemporary Iranian Literature"

Featuring Editor Nahid Mozaffari, Poetry Editor Ahmad Karimi Hakkak, and Guest Author Shahrnush Parsipur

Editor Panel, Author Reading, and Discussion; Reception to follow.

5:00PM, Sultan Room, 340 Stephens Hall

Strange Times, My Dear: The PEN Anthology of Contemporary Iranian Literature is a compilation of some of the best examples of fiction and poetry in a variety of literary styles written in and out of Iran, since the Iranian Revolution of 1979. It contains selections from the work of over 50 men and women from three generations. Nahid Mozaffari (editor, historian and PEN consultant) describes the general state of writers in Iran since the revolution, and outlines how the anthology was conceived, selected and compiled as a part of PEN efforts to make Iranian literature more accessible to the international reading public. Since the Iranian revolution of 1979, despite severe difficulties imposed by social, political and economic upheaval, war, repression and censorship, a cultural renewal has begun to take place, notably in literature, art, music and cinema. Western audiences have only observed a part of this renaissance through their recent exposure to and fascination with Iranian cinema.

Co-Sponsored by the Doreen B. Townsend Center for the Humanities








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