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An Evening with Moniru Ravanipur: How to Be a Writer in Iran of Today

A lecture in Persian with Moniru Ravanipur, writer.

Sunday, December 01, 2013
5:00 PM
121 Dodd Hall
Los Angeles,


Moniru Ravanipur (born in 1952, in Bushehr, Iran) is an internationally acclaimed innovative writer who is the author of ten titles published in Iran, including two collections of short fiction, Drowned, Heart of Steel, and Gypsy by Fire. Her tales, described as “reminiscent in their fantastic blend of realism, myth, and superstition of writers like Rulfo, Garcia Marquez, even Tutuola,” frequently take as their setting the small, remote village in southern Iran where she was born. Nahid Mozaffari, editor of Strange Times, My Dear, writes that Ravanipur “has been successful in the treatment of the complex subjects of tradition and modernity, juxtaposing elements of both, and exposing them in all their contradictions without idealizing either.” Ms. Ravanipur was among seventeen activists to face trial in Iran for their participation in the 2000 Berlin Conference, accused of taking part in anti-Islamic Republic of Iran propaganda. Copies of her current work were recently stripped from bookstore shelves in Iran in a countrywide police action. She is a former Brown University International Writers Project Fellow.

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