Friday, May 11, 2007


2: 347. رونمايي ي كتاب تازه اي از بانوي نويسنده ي ايراني در آمريكا

يادداشت ويراستار

شنبه ٢٢ ارديبهشت ١٣٨٦

از ناهيد راشلين، بانوي نويسنده ي ايراني ي مقيم آمريكا و كارهايش، پيش از اين درهمين تارنما سخن گفته ام. اين بانو، يكي از مطرح ترين نويسندگان كنوني ي ايراني در آمريكا به شمار مي آيد و كارهايش مورد ستايش نويسندگان و ناقدان نامداري همچون وي. س. نايپول (نويسنده ي هندي تبار مقيم ترينيداد) و اَن تِيلر (رمان نويس مشهور آمريكايي و همسر بيوه ي زنده ياد دكتر تقي مدرّسي، نويسنده ي مشهور) قرارگرفته است.
در گزارش زير كه امروز از آمريكا به اين دفتر رسيد، از برگزاري ي همايش ويژه ي رونمايي ي كتاب تازه ي اين نويسنده، يك خاطره نگاري با عنوان ِ دختران ِ ايراني
Persian Girls
خبرداده شده است كه در روز جمعه چهارم خرداد ماه ١٣٨٦ (٢٥ مي ٢٠٠٧) در نيويورك برگزارخواهدشد. متن گزارش را در پي ِ اين يادداشت بخوانيد و براي آشنايي با زندگي نامه ي نويسنده و آگاهي ي بيشتر از كارهاي او، به اين نشاني روي بياوريد:

Critically Acclaimed Author
Nahid Rachlin
reads from her new book
Persian Girls
A Memoir
Friday, May 25, 7pm

Praised by V. S. Naipaul, Anne Tyler, and other writers, Nahid Rachlin has spent her career writing novels about hidden Iran-the combustible political passions underlying everyday life and the family dramas of ordinary Iranians. With her long-awaited memoir, Persian Girls, she turns her sharp novelist's eye on her own remarkable life. When Rachlin was an infant, her mother gave her to Maryam, Rachlin's barren and widowed aunt. For the next nine years, the little girl lived a blissful Iranian childhood. Then one day, Rachlin's father kidnapped his daughter from her schoolyard, and from the only mother she'd ever known, and returned her to her birth family-strangers to the young girl. In a story of ambition, oppression, hope, heartache, and sisterhood, Persian Girls traces Rachlin's coming of age in Iran under the late Shah-and her domineering father-her tangled family life, and her relationship with her older sister, and unexpected soul mate, Pari. Both girls refused to accept traditional roles prescribed for them under Muslim cultural laws. They devoured forbidden books. They had secret romances. But then things quickly changed. Pari was forced by her parents to marry a wealthy suitor, a cruel man who kept her a prisoner in her own home. After narrowly avoiding an unhappy match herself with a man her parents chose for her, Nahid came to America, where she found literary success. Back in Iran, however, Pari's dreams fell to pieces. When news came to Nahid that her sister had died, she traveled back to the country where she had grown up, now under the Islamic regime the West has been keeping a wary eye on for the last few years, to say good-bye to her only friend. It is there she confronts her past, and the women of her family. A story of promises kept and promises broken, of dreams and secrets, and, most important, of sisters, Persian Girls is a gripping saga that will change the way anyone looks at Iran and the women who populate it.

Nahid Rachlin is the author of the critically acclaimed novels Jumping Over Fire, Foreigner, Married to a Stranger, and The Heart’s Desire, as well as a collection of short stories, Veils. Currently an Associate Fellow at Yale University, Rachlin teaches at the New School and the Unterberg Poetry Center in New York.

D.G.Wills Books
7461 Girard Avenue, La Jolla (858) 456-1800

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