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Daneshvar's Playhouse

A Collection of Stories
A collection of stories by

These stories not only portray, with incomparable perception, humor, and compassion, women from the various strata of Iranian society, but they also capture the essence of a rich traditional culture undergoing change. A nanny lets go of a little girl's hand in Shiraz's exotic and crowded Vakil Bazaar, and goes off to flirt with the nutseller--the child is lost. In The Accident, the author portrays, in hilarious parody, a young woman who forsakes husband, children, and home just to own a car. The Playhouse is a traditional Persian theater where the play and the players act on many levels both real and fantastic. The Traitor's Intrigue lets you into the life of a middle-class couple and brilliantly shows how a colonel's allegiance passed from Shah to Khomeini. To Whom Can I Say Hello? tells of an old woman's memories, her life, love, tragic outcome, and eventual hope. Loss of Jalal is a moving chronicle of the final days of Jalal Al-e Ahmad, one of Iran's great writers and the author's husband. Simin Daneshvar draws from over a thousand years of Persian storytelling tradition and combines this with modern techniques of short fiction and cinema. The result is both entertaining and a key of uncompromising honesty, rich detail, and a dazzling range of voices that guides the reader into the center of a complex society and its concerns.


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Hardback Editions

1989 : USA Hardback

Title: Daneshvar's Playhouse: A Collection of Stories
Author(s): Simin Daneshvar
ISBN: 0-934211-19-1 / 978-0-934211-19-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Mage Publishers
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Paperback Editions

October 2007 : USA Paperback

Title: Daneshvar's Playhouse: A Collection of Stories
Author(s): Simin, Daneshvar
ISBN: 1-933823-19-4 / 978-1-933823-19-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Mage Publishers
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