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Censoring an Iranian Love Story

Shahriar Mandanipour

From one of Iran's most acclaimed and controversial contemporary writers, his first novel to appear in English-a dazzlingly inventive work of fiction that opens a revelatory window onto what it's like to live, to love, and to be an artist in today's Iran. The novel entwines two equally powerful narratives. A writer named Shahriar-the author's fictional alter ego-has struggled for years against the all-powerful censor at the Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance. Now, on the threshold of fifty, tired of writing dark and bitter stories, he has come to realize that the "world around us has enough death and destruction and sorrow." He sets out instead to write a bewitching love story, one set in present-day Iran. It may be his greatest challenge yet. Beautiful black-haired Sara and fiercely proud Dara fall in love in the dusty stacks of the library, where they pass secret messages to each other encoded in the pages of their favorite books. But Iran's Campaign Against Social Corruption forbids their being alone together. Defying the state and their disapproving parents, they meet in secret amid the bustling streets, Internet cafés, and lush private gardens of Tehran. Yet writing freely of Sara and Dara's encounters, their desires, would put Shahriar in as much peril as his lovers. Thus we read not just the scenes Shahriar has written but also the sentences and words he's crossed out or merely imagined, knowing they can never be published. Laced with surprising humor and irony, at once provocative and deeply moving, Censoring an Iranian Love Story takes us unforgettably to the heart of one of the world's most alluring yet least understood cultures. It is an ingenious, wholly original novel-a literary tour de force that is a triumph of art and spirit. From the Hardcover edition.

From one of Iran's most acclaimed and controversial contemporary writers, his first novel to appear in English-a dazzlingly inventive work of fiction that opens a revelatory window onto what it's like to live, to love, and to be an artist in today's Iran. The novel entwines two equally powerful narratives. A writer named Shahriar-the author's fictional alter ego-has struggled for years against the all-powerful censor at the Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance. Now, on the threshold of fifty, tired of writing dark and bitter stories, he has come to realize that the "world around us has enough death and destruction and sorrow." He sets out instead to write a bewitching love story, one set in present-day Iran. It may be his greatest challenge yet. Beautiful black-haired Sara and fiercely proud Dara fall in love in the dusty stacks of the library, where they pass secret messages to each other encoded in the pages of their favorite books. But Iran's Campaign Against Social Corruption forbids their being alone together. Defying the state and their disapproving parents, they meet in secret amid the bustling streets, Internet cafés, and lush private gardens of Tehran. Yet writing freely of Sara and Dara's encounters, their desires, would put Shahriar in as much peril as his lovers. Thus we read not just the scenes Shahriar has written but also the sentences and words he's crossed out or merely imagined, knowing they can never be published. Laced with surprising humor and irony, at once provocative and deeply moving, Censoring an Iranian Love Story takes us unforgettably to the heart of one of the world's most alluring yet least understood cultures. It is an ingenious, wholly original novel-a literary tour de force that is a triumph of art and spirit. From the Hardcover edition.
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From one of Iran's most acclaimed and controversial contemporary writers, his first novel to appear in English-a dazzlingly inventive work of fiction that opens a revelatory window onto what it's like to live, to love, and to be an artist in today's Iran. The novel entwines two equally powerful narratives. A writer named Shahriar-the author's fictional alter ego-has struggled for years against the all-powerful censor at the Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance. Now, on the threshold of fifty, tired of writing dark and bitter stories, he has come to realize that the "world around us has enough death and destruction and sorrow." He sets out instead to write a bewitching love story, one set in present-day Iran. It may be his greatest challenge yet. Beautiful black-haired Sara and fiercely proud Dara fall in love in the dusty stacks of the library, where they pass secret messages to each other encoded in the pages of their favorite books. But Iran's Campaign Against Social Corruption forbids their being alone together. Defying the state and their disapproving parents, they meet in secret amid the bustling streets, Internet cafés, and lush private gardens of Tehran. Yet writing freely of Sara and Dara's encounters, their desires, would put Shahriar in as much peril as his lovers. Thus we read not just the scenes Shahriar has written but also the sentences and words he's crossed out or merely imagined, knowing they can never be published. Laced with surprising humor and irony, at once provocative and deeply moving, Censoring an Iranian Love Story takes us unforgettably to the heart of one of the world's most alluring yet least understood cultures. It is an ingenious, wholly original novel-a literary tour de force that is a triumph of art and spirit. From the Hardcover edition.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Sunil Malhotra, Naila Azad

Length:

13h 7m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:18


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

00:20


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

01:03


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

09:06


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

08:51


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

08:59


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

09:03


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

09:07


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

09:23


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

09:16


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

07:33


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

09:08


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

08:59


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

09:04


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

09:16


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

07:33


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

08:02


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

06:10


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

05:46


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

08:45


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

09:37


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

05:32


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

05:07


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

09:21


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

09:00


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

08:43


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

08:55


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

09:07


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

05:31


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

05:47


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

09:10


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

05:52


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

05:50


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

08:50


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

09:12


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

09:33


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

08:24


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

08:45


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

06:34


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

05:32


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

09:16


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

07:30


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

06:23


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

08:46


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

08:39


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

09:01


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

08:53


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

09:01


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

09:03


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

09:01


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

09:51


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

08:50


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

08:55


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

09:10


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

08:56


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

07:42


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

09:02


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

09:15


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

09:05


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

06:51


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

07:03


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

09:10


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

09:08


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

05:52


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

05:54


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

08:59


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

08:51


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

09:06


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

07:55


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

06:19


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

06:47


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

08:59


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

04:54


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

06:38


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

09:56


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

06:52


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

06:25


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

06:42


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

05:26


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

08:56


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

08:36


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

07:51


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

04:19


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

09:01


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

09:14


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

06:16


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

05:46


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

10:33


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

06:08


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

07:46


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

06:40


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

08:19


Chapter 93
Chapter 93

09:11


Chapter 94
Chapter 94

09:10


Chapter 95
Chapter 95

08:56


Chapter 96
Chapter 96

09:32


Chapter 97
Chapter 97

08:56


Chapter 98
Chapter 98

09:00


Chapter 99
Chapter 99

09:07


Chapter 100
Chapter 100

09:32


Chapter 101
Chapter 101

00:40