Married to a Stranger
Married to a Stranger

A woman's struggle for self-realization in contemporary Iran, a novel with "the clarity and spare sensuousness of Persian poetry or miniature painting."-Ruth Prawer Jhabvala

When Minou Hakini marries a man of her own choosing—an intellectual and a radical—and moves to Abadan, a thriving oil town near the Iraqi border, she imagines her life will be adventurous and liberating. Before long, however, she becomes aware of her husband's suspicious liaisons and dangerous activities. Her struggle to forge her own identity as a woman in contemporary Iran is charged with passion, anger, and finally a need to escape.

"The ecstasies and disillusionments of first love are the stuff of great tragedies and cheap romances, but Nahid Rachlin has done something else with this familiar theme, and something more, though her style is elegantly simple . . . " —The New York Times Book Review

". . .Rachlin (Foreigner) tells her story with economy and suspensefulness, weaving strands of unstable political life and sexual secrecy--in a small, vivid closeup of life in Iran at that fateful hour, within a society that had become its own prisoner." —Kirkus Reviews

Title Married to a Stranger
Author Nahid Rachlin
Publisher City Lights Publishers
BISAC Subject Heading FIC000000 FICTION
Title First Published 01 May 1993
Format Paperback
Nb of pages 232 p.
ISBN-10 0872862763
ISBN-13 9780872862760
Publication Date 01 May 1993
Main content page count 232
Weight 16 oz.
List Price $12.95

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