Faribā Vafī: Tarlān

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„Tarlān“ offers an unusual insight into the Islamic Republic. The main themes of the story, however, are the experiences of the central character Tarlān and her friend Rana during their time at the police academy and their escape into literature and writing.

Novel | 1st Edition 2015 | 229 pages | Price 19,80€ | ISBN: 978-3-944201-55-9
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Tarlān
by Faribā Vafī

Tarlān“ offers an unusual insight into the Islamic Republic. The main themes of the story, however, are the experiences of the central character Tarlān and her friend Rana during their time at the police academy and their escape into literature and writing.
Faribā Vafī was born in 1962 in Tabriz, the capital of the province East Azerbaijan in Northwest Iran. She currently lives in Teheran and is regarded as one of Iran’s most popular living authors. Iranian critics place her in the top 10 of the country‘s modern authors. She has been awarded the prestigious Huschang-Golshiri Prize and the Yalda Prize.
„Tarlān“ (2006) is her second novel. It was translated from Farsi into German by Jutta Himmelreich.

 

Reviews

Tarlan‘s development story resembles a novel about growth as it is a story about how courage emerges“
–Andrea Meisel, March 2016, Virginia. The full review can be found here.

During her time in the barracks Tarlan makes notes for a „Panorama“ and a „Black Book“ that she wants to write. And with her second novel Fariba Vafi has succeeded in writing precisely that sort of panorama about the young Iranian Republic from a female perspective.
As in Kellervogel (Cellar Bird) the reader experiences a calm, neutral narrative, which is indeed necessary to express objectively Tarlan‘s emancipation in the given situation – with all the restrictions of societal convention but also as a consequence of the political developments. The reader here is given more answers than they might have had questions.“
– Behrang Samsami, January 2016, literaturkritik.de. The complete review can be found here.

„Apparently“ is a word one is often tempted to employ when describing Fariba Vafi’s writing. Her stories apparently are chicklit., her language apparently simple and realistic. Yet beneath this surface of simplicity it seethes. The artistic composition of the words chosen, apparently so simply, gives Vafi’s prose a poetic dimension which, although intuitively discernible, only fully reveals itself on a second reading .“
– Maryam Aras, June 2017, faustkultur.de. The complete review can be found here.

It should be clear to everyone who takes an interest in Iranian society, that the identity of women in Iran has changed a lot in recent years. This change has taken place on various levels. The greatest change is probably the strong self-confidence which is discernible everywhere.“
– Fariba Vafi in conversation with Maryam Aras, June 2017, Qantara.de. The complete interview can be found here.

„The LiBeratur Prize, worth 3000€, goes to the Iranian author Fariba Vafi for her novel „Tarlan“. The author ranks among the most popular and successful Iranian, female writers.“
– from wirlesen.org. The complete article can be found here.

The story which Fariba Vafi tells is a journey into the core of women whose lives, loves and families could not be more different. In so doing the author develops a collective biography of the women of her generation. The generation of the revolution.“
– Maryam Aras, June 2017, Here you go

Another article of radiozamaneh in Persian can be found here.

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