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The Gardens of Consolation

by Parisa Reza

The Gardens of Consolation by Parisa Reza
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    Dec 2016, 208 pages

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This lyrical debut spotlights Iran's sweeping social and political changes in the twentieth century through the eyes of one family.

The Gardens of Consolation introduces 12-year-old Talla, and her 20-year-old husband Sadar, as they leave their village to build a better life in the outskirts of Tehran. Set during the first half of the 20th century, Consolation describes the daily lives of average Iranian citizens such as Talla and Sadar. This debut novel, which won the 2015 Prix Senghor award given to Francophone writers, also explores the effects of the country's transforming politics and social norms.

As was common in rural Iran at the time, Talla and Sadar were married when 9 and 17 respectively, but at the start of the novel have only just begun their lives together as man and wife. Talla in particular has lived an isolated existence and had never seen a desert, city or an automobile before the journey to Tehran.

It is the year 1299 [1921 CE] in the Iranian calendar: the end of a century and the imminent ...

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