A Fire of Lilies
A Fire of Lilies
Perspectives on Literature and Politics in Modern Iran
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Acknowledgments, Notes, and a Dedication
Prologue by Ahmad Karimi-Hakkak
Introduction by Asghar Seyed-Gohrab – The Bleeding Pen: Literature and Politics in Modern Iran
Part One
1 – Revolutionary Posturing: Iranian Writers and the Iranian Revolution
2 – Protest and Perish: A History of the Writers’ Association of Iran
3 – Authors and Authorities: Censorship and Literary Communication in the Islamic Republic of Iran
4 – Of Hail and Hounds: The Image of the Iranian Revolution in Recent Persian Literature
Part Two
5 – A Well Amid the Waste: An Introduction to the Poetry of Ahmad Shamlu
6 – Up from the Underground: The Meaning of Exile in Gholamhossein Sa.edi’s Last Short Stories
7 – Poet of Desires Turned to Dust: In Memoriam Mehdi Akhavan Saless
8 – A Storyteller and His Times: Ali-Akbar Sa.idi-Sirjani of Iran

Ahmad Karimi-Hakkak

A Fire of Lilies

Perspectives on Literature and Politics in Modern Iran

This book examines the role of Persian literature in politics in the tumultuous period of Iranian history from 1950 to 2000, illustrating how intellectuals used poetry, plays, novels and short stories to comment on socio-political developments. The unique aspect of the book is its strong empirical perspective, as Karimi-Hakkak has participated in the events he is writing about. It analyses how Persian intellectuals dealt with censorship, suppression, imprisonment, exile and even execution for the sake of expression of free speech.
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Ahmad Karimi-Hakkak

Ahmad Karimi-Hakkak is a professor of Persian at the UCLA Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures. He is also the founding director of the Roshan Center for Persian Studies at the University of Maryland.