Women Without Men: A Novel of Modern Iran

Women Without Men A Novel of Modern Iran Using the techniques of both the fabulist and the polemicist Parsipur continues her protest against traditional Persian gender relations in this charming powerful novella Publishers Weekly A modern

  • Title: Women Without Men: A Novel of Modern Iran
  • Author: Shahrnush Parsipur Shirin Neshat Faridoun Farrokh
  • ISBN: 9781558617537
  • Page: 189
  • Format: Paperback
  • Women Without Men: A Novel of Modern Iran

    Using the techniques of both the fabulist and the polemicist, Parsipur continues her protest against traditional Persian gender relations in this charming, powerful novella Publishers Weekly A modern literary masterpiece, Women Without Men creates an evocative and powerfully drawn allegory of life in contemporary Iran Internationally acclaimed writer Shahrnush Parsipur Using the techniques of both the fabulist and the polemicist, Parsipur continues her protest against traditional Persian gender relations in this charming, powerful novella Publishers Weekly A modern literary masterpiece, Women Without Men creates an evocative and powerfully drawn allegory of life in contemporary Iran Internationally acclaimed writer Shahrnush Parsipur follows the interwoven destinies of five women including a prostitute, a wealthy middle aged housewife, and a schoolteacher as they arrive by different paths to live together in a garden in Tehran Shortly after the 1989 publication of Women Without Men in her native Iran, Parsipur was arrested and jailed for her frank and defiant portrayal of women s sexuality This volume is the first author approved translation of Women Without Men Sharhnush Parsipur is the author of Touba and the Meaning of Night, among many books Born in Iran in 1946, she began her career as a fiction writer and a producer of Iranian National Television and Radio She now lives in exile in California Shirin Neshat is an internationally acclaimed visual artist from Iran who adapted Women Without Men into a feature film Faridoun Farrokh is a professor of English at Texas AM International University.

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    1. Paquita Maria Sanchez

      Oh great, I get to be a book club naysayer for the third time out of three, on the second book in a row that I voted for out of ten total potentials. I'm averaging 2.666 on club-related ratings here, which incidentally makes me happy because 666, but primarily makes me feel like Asshole McChoosy-pants. I hope the candidates I put forward all end up middling-to-sucky, or I'm sure going to look like a real taste snob. I swear I am not blindly obstinate. I double-swear I like books. Much.The truth [...]

    2. Ahmad Sharabiani

      Women without men (‎Syracuse‬: ‎Syracuse university Press‬, ‎1998), Shahrnush Parsipurتاریخ نخستیم خوانش: ماه مارس سال 1989 میلادیعنوان: زنان بدون مردان؛ نویسنده: شهرنوش پارسی پور؛ مشخصات نشر: تهران، نشر قطره، 1368، در 140 ص؛ چاپ دوم 1368؛ چاپ دیگر: سوئد، باران، 1370، در 140 ص؛ چاپ دیگر: تورنتو، افرا: پگاه، 1378، در 140 ص، شاب [...]

    3. peiman-mir5 rezakhani

      ‎دوستانِ گرانقدر، این کتاب از 15 داستان تشکیل شده که برخی از آنها به یکدیگر مرتبط هستند و داستان ها بیشتر حول محورِ «پردۀ بکارت» در زنان و دل نگرانی هایِ آنها در این مورد، میچرخد به انتخاب قسمتهایی را برایِ شما عزیزان در زیر مینویسم--------------------------------------------‎چه میشد اگر مهدخت ه [...]

    4. Jimmy

      I read a review that claimed that this is not a feminist novel. If it were a feminist novel, the characters would not rely on men, they would assert themselves powerfully at all times, and their lives would be better for it.Umm, newsflash. A novel can be feminist without all its characters being feminists, strong women, and perfect all the time. That would be unrealistic and boring. Let's first understand that feminism is realism, i.e. realistic portrayal of women, including women who are not fe [...]

    5. Kirstine

      Shahrnush Parsipur was - is - persecuted in Iran, where she’s from, for this book (among other things). Partly because she dares talk about, you know, sex, virginity, female sexuality. Topics that are not to be mentioned ever. ‘Women Without Men’ does reference the title of the Hemingway work ‘Men Without Women’. I haven’t read the latter, but in the afterword to this book, it says it’s a book where ultimately a life without women isn't particularly satisfying. The same (but in rev [...]

    6. Chris

      For the past few years, I have traveled to Washington DC and stayed a few days just to visit the museums. Plus, I live in Philly, so it’s like a two hour train trip. I’ve learned that the smaller Smithsonian tends to have the more interesting exhibits. I discovered a love for Whistler’s etchings at the Freer, and at the Hirshorn, I discovered that I do like some modern art and video installations. It was at the Hirshorn last summer that I heard of this book. Last summer, the museum had a m [...]

    7. Saman Kashi

      لینک دانلود این کتاب را در گروه "دانلود کتاب‌های نایاب" گذاشته‌ام و دوستان می‌توانند به راحتی دانلودش کنند

    8. Yasmin

      كتاب عجيبى بود. كتابى بود كه تشبيه و سمبليزم و جان بخشيدن به اشيا و رو توى يك فضاى واقعى رها كرده بود، اما از اون عجيب تر كه تك تك جملاتش قابل باور بودند. انگار ما با نويسنده، شوخى و زبان رمزى خودمون رو داريم و اون كه بيان ميكنه، ما متوجه ميشيم و پنهانى لبخند ميزنيم، چون اين چيزيه [...]

    9. Leila Dehghan

      کتاب من را به یاد قطعه ای از فروغ فرخزاد انداخت، چرا؟بخوانید لذت ببرید شاید با من هم عقیده شدیددست هایم را در باغچه می کارم سبز خواهم شد می دانم می دانم و پرستو ها در گودی انگشتان جوهریمتخم خواهند گذاشت

    10. Nariman

      یک سری داستان که عموما حول پرده بکارت زنان می چرخه، یه رگه هایی از رئالیسم جادویی توش بود اما واقعیت و خیال اون چنان در هم تنیده نبود و می شد مرز بینشون رو قشنگ مشاهده کرد.کم حجم و روونه داستان و زیاد وقتی ازتون نمی گیره خوندنش.

    11. Mohammad

      کتاب داستان چندزن است که هریک از رذیلتی مردانه که به آنها تحمیل شده دور می شوند و سرنوشتشان بهم پیوند میخورد: شهوت (مهدخت و زرین کلاه)، تمسخر و تحقیر(فرخ لقا)، غیرت (مونس) و بیمهری (فائزه) رپارسی پور در این کتاب برای زنان نسخه می پیچد: «میلیون ها آدم در آب غرق شده اند تا اولین آدم ش [...]

    12. Nata

      O cărțulie scrisă scurt și la subiect. Fără descrieri tumultoase, fără alte detalii care ar îngreuna cumva lectura acestei cărți. Cinci femei care nu mai vor să îndure sistemul patriarhal al societății în care își duc traiul. Cinci femei care pleacă din familiile lor și se stabilesc într-o casă. Fiecare cu povestea ei de viață, fiecare cu metehnele ei. O carte care îmbină cu succes realismul magic cu probleme femeilor musulmane. Mă așteptam la ceva mai coerent și lac [...]

    13. Kavita

      I can't claim to say I really understood anything in this book. Five women, whose lives intersect, are drawn together and crazy, crazy things happen to them.Mahdokht is dissatisfied with her life and wants to do more with it. Then she catches the maid having sex with the gardener, which disgusts her. And then, she becomes a tree. The tree is fed with breast milk and finally burst into seeds and scatters.Fai'za is slightly more sensible and remains human. But that's about it. She lusts after her [...]

    14. Tahira

      Women Without Men appears more like a poem than a novel. It is so infused with symbolism that one must either suspend reality, or imagine what Parsipur was trying to convey about the social and political climate at that point in Iran's history. Thankfully, the afterward that accompanied the edition of the novel that I read was most useful when tackling the latter task.Women Without Men is unlike any other text I have read, and yet it's brevity makes it seem so light and simple, as though the sto [...]

    15. Isadora

      I guess magical realism just isn't for me. Especially when I wasn't expecting it. I read this because I saw it in a list of feminist books written by women around the world, and since I'd never read something in this vein by an Iranian author (especially one who was improsined for writing this very work), I was looking forward to gaining some insight into Iranian culture through her eyes. The expectation for something more realist certainly didn't help, but even after I had readjusted my expecta [...]

    16. Diana Neaţă

      De la o vreme citesc tot mai multă literatură arabă / orientală. Mă fascinează această lume, deși nu știu dacă aș putea trăi în ea. Sunt un spirit liber, dar ceva mă tot împinge să aflu mai mult despre cultura și mentalitățile acestei lumi. Evident, mânată de acest ceva am cumpărat și volumul Femei fără bărbați – un roman scris de Shahrnush Parsipur. Atenția mi-a fost și mai mult stârnită de un citat de pe coperta IV dintr-o recenzie a celor de la Publishers Week [...]

    17. Faranak Bakhshipour

      قصه زنهاییست که در هر بخش به طور جداگانه بخش تلخی از زندگیشان را میخوانیممهدختی که در باغ کرج درخت میشودفائزه ای که عاشق امیر است و با زن برادرش رقابت آشپزی دارد.مونس پیر دختر ساده ای که دوبار میمیرد و زنده میشود و قدرت خواندن ذهنها را دارد.فاحشه ای که مردان همبسترش را بی سر مید [...]

    18. Jessica

      This is a really wild novel, unlike any you'll ever read. Parsipur was banned in her native Iran; last I knew she was living in the States (she's taught at Brown U.). Parsipur deals with the limited choices women have in Iran, the violence they face for being raped, rebellious, for breaking even in small ways with the constrictive norm. The novella cannot of course take these issues head-on and so does so in a wildly imaginative way. Parsipur's women find their own haven--one woman becomes a tre [...]

    19. Khparisa

      نميتونم باور كنم كارگردان نسبتا مطرحى از اين كتاب فيلمى بسازدداستان بى سر وته،، واقعا نتونستم بآهاش ارتباط برقرار كنم

    20. Bjorn

      In a way, of course, the title is a lie. Women without men is an impossibility as long as women are defined first and foremost by their relationships to men, which obviously is no less true given the setting of the novel, but hardly unique to it either.Women Without Men tell the story of a half-dozen women circling this issue while rarely able to confront it head-on - even if they do, even if they kill or die or return from death with the power to read minds or turn into a tree (yes, it's that k [...]

    21. Razvan Zamfirescu

      Spicuiri din recenzia finala care se gaseste pe blogul meu.Mi-a plăcut în mod deosebit joaca lui Parsipur cu elemente specifice realismului magic. Grădina doamnei Farrokhlaghá mi-a adus aminte de Rushdie și a sa Seducătoare din Florența. Este adevărat că Parsipur nu ajunge la nivelul lui Rushdie, dar are potențial. Felul în care aranjează destinele personajelor, așezarea deznodământului într-un plan fantastic este, categoric, punctul forte al volumului. Decizia de a insera detali [...]

    22. Qian

      Women Without Men is a short novel made up of stories about five women who come together in a house with a garden in Karaj, outside Tehran. They include a wealthy middle-class wife and a prostitute.Parsipur's stories involve the challenges women face in trying to live without men in Iran, featuring a debate about whether virginity is a curtain or a hole, rape, and the enforcement of notions of honour by women as well as men, as well as more everyday concerns. The stories are about people, not id [...]

    23. Luna

      Women Without Men breaks my heart. It was difficult to read at times because of the stark violence and discrimination against women. As a Western woman, I am aware of the privileges I have over other women in the world. This was made very clear to me when I read the stories of these five women. The magical realism in this novel is amazing and works so well with the plot and the characters. I absolutely love the storyline and the way the garden acts as a catalyst for change. The change is really [...]

    24. Rikkert Kuijper

      It was okay. There was a good joke in there, but the surrealism just never really worked for me. It was kind of just stated as a fact that had to be accounted for, without really drawing you into anything that felt magical or strange. The transformations and all that didn't really seem to carry much significance either, but that could very well be my lack of understanding. It's basically a story where a vast majority of men is horrible, but when it comes down to it, the women don't really get al [...]

    25. Yousef Alikhani

      زنان بدون مردان كاري متفاوت در آثار پارسي پور است. اين داستان را اولين بار دوران دانشجويي خواندم. بيش از ده سال قبل. هنوز لحظه به لحظه اش را به خاطر دارم و عجيب اين كه خواندن اين كتاب جرقه نوشتن داستاني را زد كه هنوز منتشرش نكرده ام:‌ و قابيل هم بود

    26. Fionnuala

      This reminded me of Herta Muller's writing - the same sense of the truth being hidden inside layers of allegory - not surprising since they are both writing out of a culture of censorship and oppression. However, I found Parsipur's allegories easier to understand.

    27. Sarvenaz Taridashti

      با فیلمش خیلی تفاوت داشتنمیدونم چطور از روش ساخته شده!؟!؟! ولی هم فیلمش خوب بود و هم کتابش.البته فیلمو بیشتر دوس دارم!

    28. Claudia

      I must say, I expected a whole different kind of story from the description I read about the book. And a big surprise waited for me: it is so full of magical elements that your head is spinning and you get the message only when you reach the very last pages. I guess all those literature classes from high school, stuffed with allegories, metaphors and symbols, showed their utility now :D (view spoiler)[ A woman who transforms herself into a tree, is being fed with breast milk and explodes into a [...]

    29. Erica

      I recently saw an exhibit at the Hirshhorn featuring Iranian-American artist Shirin Neshat. I was intrigued by the title of a book, this book, that inspired Neshat's film of the same name. Many of the her other pieces dealt with gender segregation in modern Iranian society, the role of women in political movements, and what an individual does when one's choices are limited. So I checked out the book that inspired the film and understood why the two exiled artists were suited for collaboration. H [...]

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