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  • International Journal of Middle East Studies, Volume 36, Issue 3
  • August 2004, pp. 367-385

THE MORNING AFTER: TRAVAIL OF SEXUALITY AND LOVE IN MODERN IRAN

  • Afsaneh Najmabadi (a1)
  • DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0020743804363026
  • Published online: 01 August 2004
Abstract

For the past seven years, Iran has been in the grip of a literary event. A novel, Bamdad-i khumar (The Morning After), written by a hitherto unknown woman, Fattanah Hajj Sayyidjavadi, (b. 1945), became an overnight best-seller and has so remained. From the start, the book has generated heated debates over its literary and socio-cultural merits. Most critics and readers have very strong opinions about the novel. One reader, another first-time writer, was so deeply angered by what she considered to be the novel's exaggerated female-centeredness and its unfairness to men that she decided to rewrite the novel through the voice of its male anti-hero.

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International Journal of Middle East Studies
  • ISSN: 0020-7438
  • EISSN: 1471-6380
  • URL: /core/journals/international-journal-of-middle-east-studies
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