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The Enlightenment of the Greengage Tree

by Shokoofeh Azar - £8.99  Europa Editions (UK) Ltd (2021)
paperback    ISBN 13: 9781787703100 | ISBN 10: 178770310x

*SHORTLISTED FOR THE INTERNATIONAL BOOKER PRIZE 2020*
*LONGLISTED FOR THE NATIONAL BOOK AWARD 2020*
 
A family story about the unbreakable connection between the living and the dead.
 
Set in Iran in the decade following the 1979 Islamic Revolution, this moving, richly imagined novel is narrated by the ghost of Bahar, a thirteen-year-old girl, whose family is compelled to flee their home in Tehran for a new life in a small village, hoping in this way to preserve both their intellectual freedom and their lives. But they soon find themselves caught up in the post-revolutionary chaos that sweeps across their ancient land and its people. Bahar's mother, after a tragic loss, will embark on a long, eventful journey in search of meaning.
 
The Enlightenment of the Greengage Tree speaks of the power of imagination when confronted with cruelty, and of our human need to make sense of trauma through the ritual of storytelling itself. Through her unforgettable characters, Azar weaves a timely and timeless story that juxtaposes the beauty of an ancient, vibrant culture with the brutality of an oppressive political regime.

(Price & availability last checked: March 2021)

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