The Enlightenment of the Greengage Tree

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About the Author

Shokoofeh Azar moved to Australia as a political refugee in 2011. She is the author of essays, articles, and children's books, and is the first Iranian woman to hitchhike the entire length of the Silk Road. The Enlightenment of the Greengage Tree, originally written in Farsi, was shortlisted for Australia's Stella Prize for Fiction and is her first novel to be translated into English.


Praise for The Enlightenment of the Greengage Tree

★ "Azar's narrative exudes fairy tale charm driven by moments of deep connection that ultimately celebrate human and humane bonds unbroken even in death." --Booklist

"Engaging, tantalizing, and memorable."--ForeWord Reviews

"If ever there was a book that needs to be read more than once, this is it." --ArtsHub

"One of those miraculous books that not only has the power to send an arrow into your heart, it also makes you think."--Qantara

"Shokoofeh Azar has found a brilliant way to use myth to record harsh truths about political and cultural upheaval."--BookRiot

"[Azar's] book is a great journey. It moves places and it moves us as readers, in an emotional and intellectual sense." --Robert Wood, The Los Angeles Review of Books

"The Enlightenment of the Greengage Tree is a hugely ambitious book, blending familial drama with the history of a nation during a conflicted era."--Words Without Borders

"Azar's novel is sad, funny, poetic, moving and poignant all at once, a novel I would recommend without any reservations at all."--Asian Review of Books

"A book full of hope and human resilience in the face of unspeakable cruelty and intolerance" --World Literature Today

"The Enlightenment of the Greengage Tree is both a simple family story and a complex look at the nature of reality and imagination." --The Winnipeg Free Press

"[The Enlightenment of the Greengage Tree] affirms again the adaptability, the veracity, the sheer power of the novel form." --The Brooklyn Rail

"The plot is intricate...the writing is ravishing: shimmeringly mesmerizing is the storytelling." --Miriam Cosic, The Weekend Australian

"Azar delves deep into the mythological spirit realm and pre-Islamic Zoroastrian religion of ancient Persia . . . [taking] us into breathtaking worlds of imagination and allegory . . . Astonishing." --Backstory

"I have never read such a voice before. It is playful, poetic and deeply melancholy at the same time. Azar writes about the blunt force or Iranian history with the lightness of a feather's touch. Transcendental, brilliant and beautiful." --Alice Pung, author of Laurinda

"Combing characters loosely drawn from her own life with a mélange of supernatural elements, Azar achieves a certain magical realist style that is rich without being baroque, amply lush without being weighed down by access."--Asymptote Journal