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The crazy dervish and the pomegranate tree
Moshiri, Farnoosh.
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Seattle, Wash. : Black Heron Press, [2004]

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176 pages ; 23 cm
The wall -- The bricklayer -- Crossing -- The pillar -- Ali the little -- On the rooftop -- The pool -- The dark end of the orchard -- The story of our life -- The unbelievable story of my grandather's wife -- The danger of Galapagos -- The crazy dervish and the pomegranate tree.
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Awarded the Black Heron Press Prize for Social Fiction. In the dozen stories in The Crazy Dervish and the Pomegranate Tree, Farnoosh Moshiri combines social and political insight with the mythology of her native Iran. Her earlier books, The Bathhouse (which also won the Black Heron Press Prize for Social Fiction) and At the Wall of the Almighty, were set in Iran. The present book is set both in Iran and the United States. Several of the stories are concerned with the loss of status, the poverty, the loss of identity that immigrants often suffer. Unlike most immigrant stories, The Crazy Dervish and the Pomegranate Tree deals equally with the violence and political repression visited upon those who would emigrate during the fundamentalist revolution in Iran.

Author Notes

Farnoosh Moshiri was born into a literary family in Teheran where she grew up. She received her Master's degree in drama from the University of Iowa, then in 1979 returned to Iran. In March 1983 she was one of a group of playwrights and actors who were ordered to sign an agreement to obey the dictates of the new regime. They refused, and Moshiri went underground, eventually escaping to Afghanistan and then India. She has lived in Houston since 1987 and is a graduate of the University of Houston's creative writing program. There she won the Barthelme Memorial Fellowship

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Booklist Review

Moshiri follows her powerful novels of the Islamic revolution in Iran, At the Wall of the Almighty 0 (2000) and The Bathhouse0 (2001), with a dozen stories over which the revolution malignantly hovers. In "The Wall," 12 blindfolded men are driven to a wall and lined up facing it; they stand a while, some faint, then they are driven back. "A couple of us were wet with pee and vomit," says the narrator. In "Crossing," a woman works out at the club, watched by a man who is betimes raven-black-haired, graying, or completely whitened; she remembers crossing busy streets holding his hand when she was eight, the tricks he played on her in the last years, after the stroke. The flood of fear that was the revolution terrified at the time and chillingly laps at its survivors' consciousness 20 years later and thousands of miles from its immediate devastation. The struggle to understand continues, and the last stories in the book tell fables about it that gleam with wonder and, alas, with blood. --Ray Olson Copyright 2004 Booklist

Table of Contents

The Wallp. 13
The Bricklayerp. 26
Crossingp. 54
The Pillarp. 60
Ali The Littlep. 64
On the Rooftopp. 78
The Poolp. 96
The Dark End of the Orchardp. 101
The Story of Our Lifep. 115
The Unbelievable Story of My Grandfather's Wifep. 124
The Danger of Galapagosp. 139
The Crazy Dervish and the Pomegranate Treep. 149