Women Without Men: A Novel of Modern Iran


Author: Shahrnush Parsipur

9788188965793 | PB | pp. 134 | 2015 | Women Unlimited

Women Without Men explores the minds and bodies of five Iranian women from diverse backgrounds and the various oppressions that society imposes on them.

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This modern literary masterpiece follows the interwoven destinies of five women–including a wealthy middle-aged housewife, a prostitute and a school teacher–as they arrive by different paths to live together in an abundant garden on the outskirts of Tehran. Drawing on elements of Islamic mysticism and recent Iranian history, this unforgettable novel depicts women escaping the narrow confines of family and society, and imagines their future living in a world without men.

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About the Author

The author, born in Iran in 1946, began her career as a fiction writer and producer at lranian National Television and Radio. Shortly after the publication of Women Without Men in 1989, she was arrested and jailed for her frank and defiant portrayal of women’s sexuality. While still banned in Iran, the novel became a bestseller there, and has been translated into many languages around the world. She is also the author of Touba and the Meaning of Night, and now lives in exile in North California.


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