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Shokoofeh Azar

Shokoofeh Azar

Shokoofeh Azar moved to Australia as a political refugee in 2011. She is the author of essays, articles, and children’s books, and is the first Iranian woman to hitchhike the entire length of the Silk Road. The Enlightenment of the Greengage Tree, originally written in Farsi, was shortlisted for Australia’s Stella Prize for Fiction and is her first novel to be translated into English.

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Latest reviews

  • “Shokoofeh Azar has found a brilliant way to use myth to record harsh truths about political and cultural upheaval.”—BookRiot
    — BookRiot, Jan 8 2020
  • “Though steeped in grim political realities, the novel reads like a tall tale. [...] Azar strikes a remarkable balance between the fantastical and historical fact.”
    — Minneapolis Star Tribune, Jan 3 2020
  • “Azar’s narrative exudes fairy tale charm driven by moments of deep connection that ultimately celebrate human and humane bonds unbroken even in death.”
    — Booklist (Starred Review), Nov 15 2019
  • “The family’s struggles intertwine with magical happenings in the lives of others, and the spirit world populates as much of the novel as do the living. Nods to poetry and literature make the parables of The Enlightenment of the Greengage Tree engaging, tantalizing, and memorable.”...
    — ForeWord Reviews, Nov 6 2019

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