11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on 29 January 1999
Women without Men is another entry in the growing category of Iranian cultural exports to the U.S., and one of the best. Like the Cannes-winning film The White Balloon, Women without Men presents a much different view of Iranian life than readers might expect based on reports from the evening news--a nuanced, subtle, self-reflexive society much concerned with the role of art in both everyday life and in the turbulent cultural politics of the nation. The story of a group of diverse Iranian women who forge a brief-lived utopian society, Women without Men also addresses, in startling, beautiful prose, the lives of women in any modern society. The fact that these stories can be transposed to, and understood by, Americans, is one of the pleasant surprises of the book; this isn't just a novel for scholars, but for anyone looking for a story that's both entertaining and profound. And, the translators, one Iranian and one American, have done a fabulous job in rendering the Persian into lucid English. I give this book five stars because, even though it's a small book, as one of the very few first rate translations of contemporary Iranian literature, it should be at the top of the reading list for anyone interested in international writing.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 13 September 2010
Set in the time of the Shah, this series of inter-related stories describes the life of five woen in Iran. Gives a moving description of day to day life of women form differenet backgrounds whose lives cross at a time of stress and change for them Lots of metaphor and symbolism. Necessary reading beore seeing the film of the same name as explains much that is just hinted at in film. Very moving.
0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 19 April 2012
I expected much more from a book which has been translated to many languages and is claiming to put the situation of Iranian women in a frame.
As an Iranian woman, I did not enjoy one single page of it!