A collection of short stories by Iranian women writers that capture the fear, defiance, and enduring struggle of life under an oppressive regime.
The 1979 Iranian Revolution was an event that shocked the world. After thousands of years of Persian monarchy, the Iranian people seized power and instituted a strict secular Islamic regime. The revolution sent the despised Shah into exile, put the Ayatollah Khomeini into power, and resulted in the Iran Hostage Crisis.
In all the upheaval, little thought was given to the women who, even after helping install the new regime, would have to face a new kind of oppression in their homes and in the public square.
Here, the voices of those women are heard. Evoking the enormous isolation of daily existence, and the persistence of a people living under a repressive regime, these literary gems—many by prize-winning authors—reward us with an inside view of a turbulent and closed society.
2-Tehran by Anonymous
3-The Maid by Goli Taraghi
4-Mermaid Cafe Mitra by Eliyati
5-Wandering and Free by Fariba Vafi
6- Behind the Prison Wall by Behnaz Alipour Gaskari
7-Intercession by Mitra Davar
8-A Bloody Day of Protest by Masih Alinejad
9- Bathhouse by Shahla Zarlaki
10-A Drifting Puff of Cloud by Zohreh Hakimi
11-The Queue by Shiva Arastouie
12-Dogs and Humans by Fereshteh Molavi
"The Shipwrecked: Contemporary Stories by Women from Iran emphatically drives home that 'the personal is political.' . . . The contributors to this collection are experienced—many prizewinning—writers, some of whom are expats while others live and write in Iran. The women in The Shipwrecked simply want and deserve the right to choose the direction of their lives." —World Literature Today