Books by Shahrnush Parsipur

KISSING THE SWORD by Shahrnush Parsipur
Released: July 9, 2013

"Stark and haunting, this book stands as a powerful testament to not only the devastations of an era, but to the integrity and courage of an extraordinary woman."
An acclaimed Iranian novelist's harrowing account of the decade she spent in and out of prisons in post-revolutionary Tehran. Read full book review >
WOMEN WITHOUT MEN by Shahrnush Parsipur
Released: Dec. 1, 1998

The oppression of women in Iran's male-dominated culture and the power inherent in female solidarity are the themes of Parsipur's ingenious "novel," which is composed of thirteen related stories depicting five abused women whose assertions of their independence take vivid symbolic forms. A girl terrified of sex, for example, becomes a tree in order to retain her virginity; a docile woman killed by her dictatorial brother is reborn, only to be victimized again by a man; a resourceful prostitute surprisingly finds both security and pleasure in marriage. The image of a mystical "garden" where freedom beckons dominates these alternately dour and playful tales, which carry their messages lightly, thanks to their author's affectionate and engagingly robust humor. Read full book review >