Zoya Pirzad

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Zoya Pirzad (Persian: زویا پیرزاد‎) (born 1952 in Abadan) is an Iranian-Armenian writer and novelist. Her mother is Iranian-Armenian and her father is Azeri. She has grown up in Tehran. She is married and has two sons Sasha and Shervin.


Pirzad's first novel, Cheragh-ha ra man khamush mikonam (I Will Turn Off the Lights; published in English as Things We Left Unsaid) has been published numerous times in Iran and has been translated to several languages.[1]


She won the Hooshang Golshiri Literary Award for The Best Novel of the Year for her "superb characterization, ingenious representation of the conflicting emotions of a woman, creating suspense through defamiliarization of everyday life, creating a language in perfect harmony with the theme and characters of the novel".[2]


All the books mentioned above have been translated into French and published by Zulma Publishers in Paris.[3]

Zoya Pirzad's works have also been translated into German, Italian, Turkish, Spanish and Greek, published in those countries.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Iran Daily - Panorama - 07/11/05
  2. ^ Award[dead link]
  3. ^ http://www.zulma.fr