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JASMIN DARZNIK with DONIA BIJAN at Books Inc. Palo Alto

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New York Times-bestselling memoirist Jasmin Darznik shares her spellbinding debut novel, Song of a Captive Bird. Jasmin will be in conversation with Donia Bijan, author of The Last Days of Cafe Leila.

"Remember the flight, for the bird is mortal."

All through her childhood in Tehran, Forugh Farrokhzad is told that Persian daughters should be quiet and modest. She is taught only to obey, but she always finds ways to rebel--gossiping with her sister among the fragrant roses of her mother's walled garden, venturing to the forbidden rooftop to roughhouse with her three brothers, writing poems to impress her strict, disapproving father, and sneaking out to flirt with a teenage paramour over cafe glace. During the summer of 1950, Forugh's passion for poetry takes flight--and tradition seeks to clip her wings.

Forced into a suffocating marriage, Forugh runs away and falls into an affair that fuels her desire to write and to achieve freedom and independence. Forugh's poems are considered both scandalous and brilliant; she is heralded by some as a national treasure, vilified by others as a demon influenced by the West. She perseveres, finding love with a notorious filmmaker and living by her own rules--at enormous cost. But the power of her writing only grows stronger amid the upheaval of the Iranian revolution.

Inspired by Forugh Farrokhzad's verse, letters, films, and interviews--and including original translations of her poems--this haunting novel uses the lens of fiction to capture the tenacity, spirit, and conflicting desires of a brave woman who represents the birth of feminism in Iran--and who continues to inspire generations of women around the world.

Event date: 
Monday, February 26, 2018 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
Books Inc.
74 Town & Country Village
Palo Alto, CA
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Song of a Captive Bird: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780399182310
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Published: Ballantine Books - February 13th, 2018

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ISBN: 9781616205850
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Published: Algonquin Books - April 18th, 2017