Shortlisted for the Stella Prize, The Enlightenment of the Greengage Tree is an extraordinarily powerful and evocative literary novel set in Iran in the period immediately after the Islamic Revolution in 1979. Using the lyrical magic realism style of classical Persian storytelling, Shokoofeh Azar draws the reader deep into the heart of a family caught in the maelstrom of post-revolutionary chaos and brutality that sweeps across an ancient land and its people. Azar is the consummate storyteller, using the panoply of Persian mythical and mystical entities to bring life, humour, hope, resignation, and profound insights to the characters and their world.
Join us Iranian born journalist and author, Shokoofeh Azra chats with literary blogger, Lisa Hill. Lisa says, “The Enlightenment of the Greengage Tree is a beautiful book: thoughtful, wise, funny and clever. The translation by Adrien Kijek is excellent, conveying the beauty of Iran along with its tragedy.”
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