As part of a Seattle visit that includes appearing at the Seattle Iranian Festival the following day, Jasmin Darznik reads here tonight from her beautiful debut novel, Song of a Captive Bird (Ballantine). Born in Tehran, now living and teaching in northern California, Jasmin Darznik is already the author of a well-received memoir, The Good Daughter: A Memoir of My Mother’s Hidden Life. Her novel looks at Iran through the lens of a fictionalized life story legendary, groundbreaking poet, Forough Farrokhzad.
“Farrokhzad is known as the Sylvia Plath of Iran, and the two poets were contemporaries, living lives at once starkly different and remarkably attuned, then dying young and tragically. Plath’s renown is universal; Darznik’s enthralling and illuminating novel will introduce Farrokhzad to a whole new world of readers.”—Booklist.
“These are times for stories that bring one culture nearer to another, and that is exactly what Jasmin Darznik has done, pulling close the hearts of girls and women and poets to tell Forugh Farrokhzad’s remarkable story.”—Laleh Khadivi.
Presented in association with the SEATTLE IRANIAN FESTIVAL.