Paper $59.50 ISBN: 9789087283292 Published January 2020 For sale only in the United States, its dependencies, the Philippines, and Canada

A Fire of Lilies

Perspectives on Literature and Politics in Modern Iran

Ahmad Karimi-Hakkak

A Fire of Lilies

Ahmad Karimi-Hakkak

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250 pages | 6 1/4 x 9 1/4
Paper $59.50 ISBN: 9789087283292 Published January 2020 For sale only in the United States, its dependencies, the Philippines, and Canada
A Fire of Lilies examines the role of Persian literature in the politics of the tumultuous period of Iranian history from 1950 to 2000, illustrating how intellectuals used poetry, plays, novels and short stories to comment on socio-political developments. It analyses how Persian intellectuals dealt with censorship, suppression, imprisonment, exile and even execution for the sake of expression of free speech. The book offers a strong empirical perspective, as Karimi-Hakkak has participated in the events he is writing about.
 
Contents
Acknowledgments, Notes, and a Dedication Prologue by Ahmad Karimi-Hakkak Introduction by Asghar Seyed-Gohrab – The Bleeding Pen: Literature and Politics in Modern Iran Part One 1 – Revolutionary Posturing: Iranian Writers and the Iranian Revolution 2 – P
Review Quotes
M.M. Khorrami, Professor Emeritus of Persian Language and Literature, New York University
“Drawing on his encyclopedic knowledge of modern Persian literature, and using a contemplative and an extremely eloquent language, Ahmad Karimi-Hakkak captures the mood of different time-periods of contemporary Iranian history by analyzing a wide range of literary events – topics, personalities, encounters – which travel across a variety of disciplines. A Fire of Lilies is a significant contribution to the field of Persian studies, and it is indeed a very pleasant read.” 
Fatemeh Shams, Assistant Professor of Modern Persian Literature, University of Pennsylvania
"Karimi-Hakkak’s wide-ranging  and original collection of essays is an essential reading for any student or scholar of Persian literature and culture. The author’s profound knowledge of Iran’s modernist literature and his innovative approach to rethink the relationship of literature and politics challenge some of the current assumptions and misunderstandings about this massively underexplored area of research. Through a remarkably rich examination of history, politics and literature, Karimi-Hakkak explores some of the most important yet underexplored shifting points in the history of modern Persian literature."
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