Document Type

Article

Journal or Conference Title

Rahavard Persian Journal of Iranian Studies [English Section]

Volume

Summer and Autumn

Issue

91-92

First Page

e-48

Last Page

e-54

Publication Date

2010

Department

Literature and Languages

Abstract

Cry of the Peacock, Moonlight on the Avenue of Faith, and Caspian Rain are the enticing titles of Gina Bonakdar Nahai’s Iran-focused novels, published in 1991, 1999, and 2008 respectively. And the titles hold true: the narratives reflect the pain, melancholy and dream-like beauty conveyed in the titles as they divulge characters who strive to escape the restrictions of their community, religion, government, and gender. In the meantime, as the author depicts these fantasies of escape and attempts at flight –and frequently harshly punishes them–, the characters achieve a hitherto unknown feat, namely the depiction of Jewish Iranian main characters at the center of everyday Iranian life. Nay, the author goes further than that even as her characters become entangled in the lives of great or notable historical figures, from the Qajars to the Pahlavis, creating an arc of Jewish presence through Persian history.

Rights

Copyright © 2010 Rahavard Persian Journal of Iranian Studies. All rights reserved.

Publisher Statement

Originally published as Behmand, M. (2010). Gina Bonakdar Nahia: Fantasies of escape and includsion. Rahavard Persian Journal of Iranian Studies [English Section], Summer/Autumn (91 and 92). e48-e54. http://www.rahavard.com/Eng/English-91.pdf

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