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The Enlightenment of the Greengage Tree: SHORTLISTED FOR THE INTERNATIONAL BOOKER PRIZE 2020 [9781787703100]

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*SHORTLISTED FOR THE INTERNATIONAL BOOKER PRIZE 2020*

*LONGLISTED FOR THE NATIONAL BOOK AWARD 2020*

If ever there was a book that needs to be read more than once, this is it. -ArtsHub

A book that keeps on giving. -Brona's Books

Extraordinary. -The Irish Times

Compelling, delightful and powerful. -David's Book World

A family story about the unbreakable connection between the living and the dead

Set in Iran in the decade following the 1979 Islamic Revolution, this moving, richly imagined novel is narrated by the ghost of Bahar, a thirteen-year-old girl, whose family is compelled to flee their home in Tehran for a new life in a small village, hoping in this way to preserve both their intellectual freedom and their lives. But they soon find themselves caught up in the post-revolutionary chaos that sweeps across their ancient land and its people. Bahar's mother, after a tragic loss, will embark on a long, eventful journey in search of meaning.

The Enlightenment of the Greengage Tree speaks of the power of imagination when confronted with cruelty, and of our human need to make sense of trauma through the ritual of storytelling itself. Through her unforgettable characters, Azar weaves a timely and timeless story that juxtaposes the beauty of an ancient, vibrant culture with the brutality of an oppressive political regime.

Not only richly imaginative but also emotionally powerful. - 1st Reading's Blog

Her novel ... embodies Iranian life in a state of constant oscillation , bringing into play opposing poles - like life and death, religion and politics ... - to evoke the extent of damage by an oppressive political regime. - The Indian Express


AUTHOR: Shokoofeh Azar moved to Australia as a political refugee in 2011. She is the author of essays, articles, and children's books, and is the first Iranian woman to hitchhike the entire length of the Silk Road. The Enlightenment of the Greengage Tree, originally written in Farsi, was shortlisted for Australia's Stella Prize for Fiction and is her first novel to be translated into English.
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9781787703100
ISBN13:
9781787703100
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Delivery Usually In 6-15 Working Days
Author:
Shokoofeh Azar
Publisher:
Europa Editions (UK) Ltd
Publication:
11-Mar-2021
Format:
Paperback
Pages:
272
Weight:
400 Grams