Song of A Captive Bird

Song of A Captive Bird

A Novel

eBook - 2018
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A spellbinding debut novel about the trailblazing Iranian poet Forugh Farrokhzad, who defied society's expectations to find her voice and her destiny "A complex and beautiful rendering of [a] vanished country and its scattered people; a reminder of the power and purpose of art; and an ode to female creativity under a patriarchy that repeatedly tries to snuff it out"-The New York Times Book Review All through her childhood in Tehran, Forugh Farrokhzad is told that Persian daughters should be quiet and modest. She is taught only to obey, but she always finds ways to rebel-gossiping with her sister among the fragrant roses of her mother's walled garden, venturing to the forbidden rooftop to roughhouse with her three brothers, writing poems to impress her strict, disapproving father, and sneaking out to flirt with a teenage paramour over café glacé. During the summer of 1950, Forugh's passion for poetry takes flight-and tradition seeks to clip her wings. Forced into a suffocating marriage, Forugh runs away and falls into an affair that fuels her desire to write and to achieve freedom and independence. Forugh's poems are considered both scandalous and brilliant; she is heralded by some as a national treasure, vilified by others as a demon influenced by the West. She perseveres, finding love with a notorious filmmaker and living by her own rules-at enormous cost. But the power of her writing only grows stronger amid the upheaval of the Iranian revolution. Inspired by Forugh Farrokhzad's verse, letters, films, and interviews-and including original translations of her poems-this haunting novel uses the lens of fiction to capture the tenacity, spirit, and conflicting desires of a brave woman who represents the birth of feminism in Iran-and who continues to inspire generations of women around the world.Praise for Song of a Captive Bird"If poetry is emotion rendered incendiary, then Forugh Farrokhzad was made of fire. . . . Song of a Captive Bird is an unsparing account of the necessity and consequences of speaking out."-BookPage "Sometimes, simply choosing whom to love is a political act."-Vogue ("February's Best Books")"With rich empathy and gorgeous prose, Jasmin Darznik breathes life into one of Iran's most iconic women, and the result is a beautiful novel that is as compelling as it is necessary."-Bret Anthony Johnston, author of Remember Me Like This"A thrilling and provocative portrait of a powerful woman set against a sweeping panorama of Iranian history."-Kirkus Reviews
Publisher: 2018.
ISBN: 9780399182327
Branch Call Number: eBook Overdrive
Characteristics: 1 online resource

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Jul 13, 2018

This lovely book is both inspiring and very sad. It's historical fiction based on the life of a woman (Forugh Farrokzhad) born at the wrong time (1935) and the wrong place (Iran) who was brave, outspoken and a brilliant poet not afraid to admit she had sexual feelings.She was beaten by her parents, rejected by her husband's family and found true love only with a celebrity film-maker, married and unable to give her a stable life. The book is beautifully written and generously sprinkled with her passionate poetry.


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