The Enlightenment of the Greengage Tree
Shokoofeh Azar (Author)
DescriptionSet 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. Bahar'Äôs mother, after a tragic loss, embarks on a long, eventful journey in search of meaning in a world swept up in the post-revolutionary madness. Told from the wise yet innocent gaze of a young girl, 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.
February 25, 2020
6.5 X 1.1 X 5.5 inches | 0.4 pounds
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About the Author
Shokoofeh Azar is an author of essays, articles, children's books, and novels as well as the first Iranian woman to hitchhike the entire length of the Silk Road. Her first novel, The Enlightenment of the Greengage Tree, was shortlisted for Australia's Stella Prize for Fiction and is her first novel to be translated into English. She moved to Australia as a political refugee in 2011.