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Beyond Black There is No 

By Maryam Diener

Category Literary Fiction, Iran, Women's Rights , Religion 

About Beyond Black There is No Colour

Forough Farrokhzad, poet, mother, feminist, radical, was one of the most iconic dissenting voices in modern Iranian history. Often referred to as Iran's Sylvia Plath - for her highly original, confessional writing style as much as her battle with depression and tragic death - she went against the grain by challenging widely held conventions in turbulent mid-twentieth-century Sharia led Iran, where the forces of modernity were under siege from reactionary indoctrination and religious fervour. Divorced at nineteen and shorn of the right to see her son by draconian divorce laws, she spent much of her life attempting to reconcile a deep sense of personal loss through her guiding principles of artistic integrity and equality for society's outcasts. She died in a motor accident in 1967 aged just thirty-two. In 'Beyond Black There Is No Colour', Maryam Diener brilliantly resurrects Forough's voice to retell her story and explore the conflicting needs of family, love, emotional truth, and freedom of expression in the highly religious, misogynistic, and patriarchal Sharia led Iranian society.

About Maryam Diener

Maryam Diener was born in Iran and attended the Sorbonne in Paris before receiving her Master’s from Columbia University. She is the author of The Moon (1998), Sans Te Dire Adieu (2007) and Beyond Black There is No Colour: The Story of Forough Farrokhzad  (Quartet Books, 2020). In 2012 she co-founded Éditions Moon Rainbow, a publishing company specialising in limited-edition books on poetry and the visual arts including There Must Be Someone to Rewrite Love, which features contributions from Bei Dao and Francesco Clemente. Exquisite Corpse was published in 2021.  

Published: 23 July 2024 Pages: 160 ISBN:  978-1-7384598-5-8 Size: 5.5’’ x 8.5’’ / 12.7cm x 20cm Price: £15.00 Format: Hard back

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