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Savushun: A Novel about Modern Iran (Persian Classics) [Paperback]

Simin Daneshvar , Brian Spooner , M. R. Ghanoonparvar
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1 Oct 2001 Persian Classics
â??A very engaging saga...â?? â??Washington Post Book World â??A powerfully resonant work...â?? â??Publishers Weekly â??Outstanding foreign fiction...â?? â??USA Today Savushun (pronounced â??sa-voo-shoonâ??) is a folk tradition, surviving in Southern Iran from an undateable pre-islamic past, that conjures hope in spite of everything. The novel chronicles the life of a Persian family during the World War II Allied occupation of Iran. It is set in Shiraz, a town which evokes images of Persepolis and pre-islamic monuments, the great Persian poets, the shrines, sufis and nomadic tribes all within a historical web of the interests, privilege and influence of foreign powers, corruption, incompetence and arrogance of persons in authority. The story is seen through the eyes of Zari, a young wife, and mother, who copes with her idealistic husband while struggling with her desire for traditional family life and her need for an individual identity. simin daneshvar lives and continues to write in Iran.

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  • Paperback: 326 pages
  • Publisher: Mage Publishers (1 Oct 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0934211310
  • ISBN-13: 978-0934211314
  • Product Dimensions: 21.3 x 14 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 188,330 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Persian Novel of the 20th Century 18 Jun 1999
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Simin Daneshvar is the best novel writer in Iran. Although Iran has had the privilage of having some of the greatest writers of the 20th century such as Hedayat, Fasih, Dolat Abadi, and Daneshvar's own husband, Al Ahmad, Simin Daneshvar alone stands on the peak of the 20th century Iran's writers. Suvashun, which has the record for best selling novel in Iran, is a book that masterfully combines the western format of novel with Iranian elements. It has full and well described characters. Everyone who reads this book can easily relate to Zari, Yousef, Amme Khanoom and all other characters. The book is a wanderful reading and probably the best introduction to Iran's rich modern literature, long over looked by the world. I rank Simin Daneshvar as one of 10 best Twentieth century writers. Khanom Daneshvar, Khodaa 1000 saal zende negahetoon daare.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Persian Novel of the 20th Century 18 Jun 1999
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Simin Daneshvar is the best novel writer in Iran. Although Iran has had the privilage of having some of the greatest writers of the 20th century such as Hedayat, Fasih, Dolat Abadi, and Daneshvar's own husband, Al Ahmad, Simin Daneshvar alone stands on the peak of the 20th century Iran's writers. Suvashun, which has the record for best selling novel in Iran, is a book that masterfully combines the western format of novel with Iranian elements. It has full and well described characters. Everyone who reads this book can easily relate to Zari, Yousef, Amme Khanoom and all other characters. The book is a wanderful reading and probably the best introduction to Iran's rich modern literature, long over looked by the world. I rank Simin Daneshvar as one of 10 best Twentieth century writers. Khanom Daneshvar, Khodaa 1000 saal zende negahetoon daare.
10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Savushun is the best iranain novel 2 Dec 2000
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Dr.s.Danehsvar is a well-educated Iranian writer.She has written so many interesting stories but Savushun is the best.It is published before revalution but sill is well accepted by the Iranian readers.She is from Shiraz , city of great Iranian poets such as hafez.This story described the iranian culture in Shiraz during world ward2.It is suggested to all book lovers and book worms!! Mohammad h.,IRAN
9 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great book! 8 Dec 2000
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The Iranian modern litrature is full of thought ,wisdom & beauty .Savushun is the best example.The writer ,Dr.Daneshvar is a great Iranian writer. she is now 80 years old.She started writing many years ago. Savushun is her best novel that is republished many times.The book is very useful for those intersted in rich Iranian litrature and culture.Daneshvar is from Shiraz ,the city of great poets such as Saadi& Hafez.,A reader from Shirz-Iran
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best books I have ever read 21 Dec 2011
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I read this book years ago in the original language (farsi) and completely fell in love with characters and the story. One of the most flawless stories I have ever read.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Only 3 reviews for this? No way! 3 Aug 2011
By Lindsey - Published on Amazon.com
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I majored in English Teaching and had the pleasure of being assigned this book in college. It is not the most artistic book I've ever read, and there are no fancy structural techniques used like there are in The English Patient, for example. This book has a much different appeal. Few novels have ever grabbed hold of my emotions like this one. I remember, at one point, throwing the book on the ground and not being able to read anymore until I'd done some menial chore to quell my rage. This book forces you to feel. Very well done.
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