Seasons of Purgatory (Paperback)

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The first English-language story collection from "one of Iran's most important living fiction writers" (Guardian), "a playful, whip-smart literary conjuror: a Kundera or Rushdie of post-Khomeini Iran" (Wall Street Journal)

In Seasons of Purgatory, the fantastical and the visceral merge in tales of tender desire and collective violence, the boredom and brutality of war, and the clash of modern urban life and rural traditions. Mandanipour, banned from publication in his native Iran, vividly renders the individual consciousness in extremis from a variety of perspectives: young and old, man and woman, conscript and prisoner. While delivering a ferocious social critique, these stories are steeped in the poetry and stark beauty of an ancient land and culture.

About the Author

Shahriar Mandanipour is an award-winning, exiled Iranian author and journalist who served in the Iran-Iraq war. His fiction has been published throughout the world, including two acclaimed novels published in English and the story collection Seasons of Purgatory. In 2006, Mandanipour moved to the United States, where he became a citizen in 2021. He has held fellowships at Brown University, Harvard University, and Boston College and has taught at Brown University and Tufts University. He lives in California.

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“One of Iran’s most important living fiction writers.” —Guardian

“Escher-like. . . . Kundera-like. . . . [Mandanipour] build[s] a clever Rubik’s Cube of a story, while at the same time giving readers a haunting portrait of life in the Islamic Republic of Iran: arduous, demoralizing and constricted.” —Michiko Kakutani, New York Times

“Mandanipour expresses the complexity of his culture—not just of the society of the Islamic Republic, but of the underlying Persian traditions that continue to influence it.” —Claire Messud, New York Review of Books

“Mandanipour’s writing is exuberant, bonhomous, clever, profuse with puns and literary-political references.” —James Wood, New Yorker

“Translated into lush English prose by Sara Khalili, [Mandanipour] mixes messy modern politics with the dreamlike intensity of myth.” —Economist

“Deliriously sensual prose.” —Los Angeles Times

“Highly inventive.” —World Literature Today

“Graceful and poetic.” —PopMatters

“Archly illuminates the labyrinth of paradoxes entrapping the politically repressed.” —Booklist (starred review)

“Highly recommended for literary lovers.” —Library Journal (starred review)

“A writer in total control.” —Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

“Neither sentimental nor nostalgic, romanticized nor demonized. [Mandanipour] look[s] at his country and its inhabitants through a fiction writer’s authentic spectacles.” —Rabih Alameddine, author of The Hakawati and An Unnecessary Woman

Product Details
ISBN: 9781942658955
ISBN-10: 1942658958
Publisher: Bellevue Literary Press
Publication Date: January 25th, 2022
Pages: 208
Language: English