* Please note: tickets can be purchased in cash on the night *
To celebrate the launch of The Book of Tehran published by Comma Press, join Alireza Abiz (Iranian poet, literary critic & translator) and Sarah Cleave (Publishing Manager of Comma Press) for a reading and conversation around translation and exciting new short fiction from Iran!
They will be in conversation with Claire Chambers (Senior Lecturer, Global Literature, University of York).
How much do we in Britain actually know about Tehran? As the capital city of a country that much of the West is increasingly turning its back on, it’s easy to forget the richness, creativity and vibrancy of a city that has for decades produced some of the most inventive voices in the Middle East. In a rare commission, a new collection of stories offers a glimpse into the real life of this city. What may surprise you is the similarities with life in the UK. The short story is a popular format in Iran, offering a window to different perspectives and an opportunity to showcase rising writers. Readers will experience Tehran through ten of the best contemporary short stories published after 2000, available for the first time in English, from the country’s most exciting literary voices: Goli Taraghi, Kourosh Asadi, Payam Nasser, Azardokht Bahrami, Fereshteh Ahmadi, Mohammad Hosseini, Amirhossein Khorshidfar, Hamed Habibi, Atoosa Afshin-Navid & Mohammad Tolouei – brilliantly interpreted by leading Persian to English translators. Often reflective, and sometimes humorous, ironic, poetic, romantic or surreal.
Experience the vibrancy, subtlety and sophistication of Persian writing – the use of imagery and metaphor, the tone and timbre of the writing, the use of satire, comedy, the language registers, rhythms and cadences of the prose. Hear about the process, challenges and art of translation. Get a taste of a fascinating and highly literate country, which commemorates the 40th anniversary of the Islamic revolution in 2019.
The Book of Tehran forms part of a wider programme by Visiting Arts promoting contemporary Iranian literature and culture in the UK, encouraging the advancement of Persian to English translation, and facilitating professional development opportunities and exchange between UK and Iran literary networks.