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....
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Song of a Captive Bird Reviews
Forugh Farrokhzad, known simply as Forugh, died in Iran 50 years ago aged 32. Her poetry was banned in Iran in 1979 and her grave is a place of pilgrimage still. At great personal cost, she broke down many barriers to pursue her art - cultural, social and structural. I had never heard of her and was attracted to the book mainly because I enjoy Middle Eastern writing. I don’t think I even realised that it was about a real person.
Jasmin Darznik inhabits Forugh’s life so convincingly that ...more
In Song of a Captive Bird (a beautiful and perfect title), author Jasmin Darznik is the voice for Iranian poet, Forugh Farrokhzad. Forugh - an influential poet of the 20th century - was notorious for rebelling against cultural norms, especially in her work.
Forugh's accomplishments come at the expense of her reputation and family life. In her thirty-two years she has been through so much pain; all she wanted was to be loved for who she was. Darznik captures that and uses her own words to ...more
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
I recall in 1979 the first time I had heard of the country called Iran. From that first day I heard the words spoken, it would be many consecutive days that I would hear phrases that shaped my small understanding – The Hostage Crisis, The Shah of Iran, Ayatollah Khomeini. There were images that crossed the television screen – Young male college age students, blind folded Americans, large crowds gathered around the American Embassy. This was the Iran I knew of. This was my view of the country. I ...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 the fictionalised account of the life of the late Iranian poet and filmmaker Forugh Farrokhzad.
Forugh Farrokhzad grew up in 1940s/50s Tehran, where girls were encouraged to be quiet and obedient, neither of which were traits Forugh possessed. The story tells of her early marriage, her confinement in a mental asylum and the scandal and disgrace that befell her as a result of her bold and frank poetry, as well as her liberated lifestyle choices in an oppressively conserv ...more
I think I have just met my favorite book. I read most of this in a single day until I remembered that I have my own life and had to part with it. Now that I have finished, I’m wondering if anything I read next will begin to compare. This is the story of the life and poetry of Forough Farrokhzad, an Iranian woman during the 1950’s to 1960’s. She was the first female Iranian poet who spoke out and inspired Iranian women not only from her time period but for generations of women to follow. She was ...more
I liked it a lot; excellent; heartrending, courageous; courage under fire; a novel which seems quite true to life