A spellbinding debut novel about the trailblazing poet Forugh Farrokhzhad, who defied Iranian society to find her voice and her destinyRemember the flight, for the bird is mortal.Forugh FarrokhzadAll through her childhood in Tehran, Forugh is told that Iranian daughters should be quiet and modest. She is taught only to obey, but she always finds ways to rebelgossiping with her sister among the fragrant roses of her mothers walled garden, venturing to the forbidden rooftop to roughhouse with her three brothers, writing poems to impress her strict, disapproving father, and sneaking out to flirt with a teenage paramour over caf glac. Its during the summer of 1950 that Forughs passion for poetry really takes flightand that tradition seeks to clip her wings.Forced into a suffocating marriage, Forugh runs away and falls into an affair that fuels her desire to write and to achieve freedom and independence. Forughs poems are considered both scandalous and brilliant; she is heralded by some as a national treasure, vilified by others as a demon influenced by the West. She perseveres, finding love with a notorious filmmaker and living by her own rulesat enormous cost. But the power of her writing grows only stronger amid the upheaval of the Iranian revolution.Inspired by Forugh Farrokhzads verse, letters, films, and interviewsand including original translations of her poemsJasmin Darznik has written a haunting novel, using the lens of fiction to capture the tenacity, spirit, and conflicting desires of a brave woman who represents the birth of feminism in Iranand who continues to inspire generations of women around the world....
|Title||:||Song of a Captive Bird|
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Song of a Captive Bird Reviews
Iran in the mid 20th century was not a fun place to be a woman. A girl’s education stopped when she was fourteen. A lack of virginal blood on a wedding night could send a bride into banishment. And a girl was forbidden from being outside without a chaperone and it was frowned on for a married woman to be in public unattended. Everything revolves around a woman’s honor. “Mine was a country where they said a woman’s nature is riddled with sin, where they claimed that women’s voices had the power t ...more
The story of this book is based on the life of the Irani poet Forugh Farrokhzad.
Since poetry is not a genre I have any knowledge nor is Iran history I have no idea who this person was.
My main problem is that the story didn't add any information I found in Wikipedia about this poet, so if you what recreate her life you may find this read interesting but the facts are not necessarily truthful.
POPSUGAR reading challenge: 14. A book by an author of a different ethnicity than you
I won a copy of this book through one of my book groups. I had NO IDEA how good this book would be.
This book is inspired by the life and poetry of Forugh Farrokhzad. She was amazing! She went against the grain of what an Iranian woman should be in those times. She was a great poetis, feminist and activist.
Thank you to Retro Chapter Chics for getting me involved in this book!
And this is me...more
a woman alone
on the threshold of a cold season
on the verge of understanding
the earth's polluted exist
Overall I enjoyed this story. I had to keep reminding myself that this was not an autobiography, it had that feel and I think it worked well. I really like learning about new people I haven't heard of before and not being into poetry, I had never heard of Forugh but I'm likely to never forget her after reading this book. This hist fic story gives us a glimpse into her life and an impressive one for so short a time here. The author's notes in the end brought this one to a wonderful close and I th ...more
"Mine was a country where they said a woman's nature is riddled with sin, where they claimed that women's voices had the power to drive men to lust and distract them from matters of both heaven and earth...Because I was a woman, they wanted to silence the screams on my lips and stifle the breath in my lungs. But I couldn't stay quiet."
I love to hear of unheard stories of women who fought bravely for women in history. I just finished Song of A Captive Bird, a new historical novel that chronicles ...more
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I really enjoyed this book. I love that bits of Forugh Farrokzhad poems are peppered throughout the book to mark important points and changes in her life. It was a small taste of her work but I was blown away by the raw authenticity of her words that connected with me. After reading this novel I'm extremely interested in her reading translations of her work.
Reminiscent of many trailblazing ...more
Song of a Captive Bird is a fictional depiction of the life of Iranian poet and film director, Forough Farrokhzad. She was known for writing poems in a simple, modern style from a woman’s perspective. The novel tells not only the story of her life but it also paints a picture of what life was like for women in Iran during this time period, between 1935 and 1967.
Miss Farrokhzad was a woman too modern for her time and her country and she led a controversial life. She was divorced and had her son t ...more
Oh sky, if one day
I want to fly from this silent prison
what should I say to my weeping child?
“Forget about me,
for I am a captive bird?”
I'm that candle that illuminates the ruins
with her burning heart.
If I choose darkness
I'll destroy everything around me.
~ from “The Captive”
In writing about Forugh, I wanted to go beyond what was outwardly known about her – what could perhaps ever be known about her, given not just the reticence of those who'd been close to her but the fundamental inscrutability o