A spellbinding debut novel about the trailblazing poet Forugh Farrokhzhad, who defied Iranian society to find her voice and her destinyRemember the flight, for the bird is mortal.Forugh FarrokhzadAll through her childhood in Tehran, Forugh is told that Iranian daughters should be quiet and modest. She is taught only to obey, but she always finds ways to rebelgossiping with her sister among the fragrant roses of her mothers 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 caf glac. Its during the summer of 1950 that Forughs passion for poetry really takes flightand that 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. Forughs 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 rulesat enormous cost. But the power of her writing grows only stronger amid the upheaval of the Iranian revolution.Inspired by Forugh Farrokhzads verse, letters, films, and interviewsand including original translations of her poemsJasmin Darznik has written a haunting novel, using the lens of fiction to capture the tenacity, spirit, and conflicting desires of a brave woman who represents the birth of feminism in Iranand who continues to inspire generations of women around the world....
|Title||:||Song of a Captive Bird|
|Number of Pages||:||401 pages|
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Song of a Captive Bird Reviews
Oh sky, if one day
I want to fly from this silent prison
what should I say to my weeping child?
“Forget about me,
for I am a captive bird?”
I'm that candle that illuminates the ruins
with her burning heart.
If I choose darkness
I'll destroy everything around me.
~ from “The Captive”
In writing about Forugh, I wanted to go beyond what was outwardly known about her – what could perhaps ever be known about her, given not just the reticence of those who'd been close to her but the fundamental inscrutability o
This was a galley from Netgalley. Heartbreaking look into the life of poet Forough Farrokzad and life for her as an Iranian woman in the 50's and 60's. Good Read!
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The author of Song of a Captive Bird, Jasmin Darznik, is an Iranian-American whose family fled Iran prior to the revolution. Darznik is now a literature professor and spent years researching Forugh’s life. Everything about this book is immaculate. The smooth writing, the on point characterization, the research; it’s all top shelf. Iran in the 1950s and 60s came to l ...more
With the US and Iran's recent histories intertwined in a variety of ways and knowing a number of educated Iranian women, I was interested in reading about the poet Forugh Farrokzhad in Jasmin Darznik's novelization of her life, Song of a Captive Bird. I am pleased to say that I did get more information about Iran's history in the 20th century and especially the lives of women during the mid-century period (1940-1960).
Forugh was an extremely gifted poet as the reader can see, by examples of her p ...more
"...it was my preference for books and the world inside my head that left me so incapable of accepting the usual and the ordinary. The more I read, the more I longed to let lose the words inside me."
Forugh Farrokzhad is the one of the daughters of Colonel Farrokzhad. Expected to be meek and quiet, devoid of any disobedience, Forugh is the complete opposite. Not wanting the traditional life of a woman in Tehran, Forugh is vocal in her rebellion but it comes at a cost. Married off early to avoid b ...more
This is a captivating historical fiction book about Forough Farrokhzad, an Iranian female poet, set in 1950s-1960s Iran. It was obvious that Jasmin Darznik did extensive research on Forough and made the poet as well as the times come alive during this book.
I must admit it had a bit of a slow start for me and I thought the great love story would be with Parviz, a cousin and fellow poet. At some point, I was completely drawn into this book and I could not put it down. Remarkable for the times that ...more
Audiobook....narrated by Mozhan Marno 5++++stars!!!!!
BEAUTIFUL NOVEL!!! ......Historical Fiction doesn’t get much better!!!
......this is a fascinating story about a powerhouse Iranian woman - poet and filmmaker - who died much too young.
Author Jasmin Darznik’s impeccable research shows...its ‘clear’ the work she put into this novel. History in Iran came alive.....before and after the revolution - Poety- literature - history-politics - Philoso ...more
Overall I enjoyed this story. I had to keep reminding myself that this was not an autobiography, it had that feel and I think it worked well. I really like learning about new people I haven't heard of before and not being into poetry, I had never heard of Forugh but I'm likely to never forget her after reading this book. This hist fic story gives us a glimpse into her life and an impressive one for so short a time here. The author's notes in the end brought this one to a wonderful close and I th ...more