Goli Taraghi

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Zohreh Taraghi-Moghadam, better known as Goli Taraghi (Persian: گلی ترقی‎)[1] (born 1939) is an Iranian novelist and short story writer.[2]


Goli Taraghi's father Lotfollah Taraghi was a member of parliament, publisher and journalist, and her mother was from a widely cultured family.[2] Born and raised in Tehran, she attended Drake University in the United States, gaining an undergraduate degree in philosophy. Returning to Iran, she obtained a master's degree from Tehran University in 1967 and worked throughout the 1960s as a specialist in international relations for the Plan Organization.[3] In the 1970s she taught courses in philosophy, mythology and symbolism at Tehran University.[2] After the Iranian Revolution the universities were temporarily closed in 1980. Taraghi divorced her husband Hazhir Daryush and moved with her two children to become an ex-patriate in Paris, though she visited Iran throughout the 1980s.[3]

Winter Sleep (1973) a collection of narratives portraying the inner life of eight middle-class city-dwellers, amid the religious dislocation and anomie arising from Iran's rapid modernization in the 1960s. Her short story 'The Great Lady of My Soul' (1982)[4] won the Contre-Ciel Short Story Prize. Scattered Memories (1994) dealt with the emotional fallout from the Iran-Iraq War.[2]


  • 1969, "I Too am Che Guevera". Language: Persian [Man Ham Che Gevera Hastam]
  • 1973, "Winter Sleep" (i.e. hibernation). Languages: English, Persian [خواب زمستاني] and French ["Sommeil d'hiver"]. Translated by Francine T. Mahak as Winter sleep, Costa Mesa, California: Mazda Publishers, 1994.
  • 1990, "Le bus de Shemiran". Languages: French and Persian ["اتوبوس شمیران].
  • 1992, "'A Mansion in the Sky: And Other Short Stories. Languages: English and Persian [خاطره هاي پراكنده : مجموعه قصه]. Translated by Faridoun Farrokh as , Austin, Texas: Centre for Middle Eastern Studies, The University of Texas, 2003.
  • 1994, "Scattered Memories". Language: Persian [Khatereh-ha-ye Parakandeh].
  • 1994, "Iran Nouvelle". Language: French.
  • 1998, "The Pear Tree". Language: Persian with English Subtitles.
  • 2001, "جای دیگر". Language: Persian.
  • 2004, "The Three Maids". Language: French ["Les Trois bonnes"].
  • 2004, "The Wolf Lady". A short story in a collection. Language: Persian [مادام گرگه].
  • 2004, "Critical Study of Goli Taraghi’s Works". Language: English and Persian ["بررسی و نقد آثار گلی ترقی"].
  • 2007, "30 Years of Solitude". Language: English.
  • 2007, "Getting Past the Censors". Radio Interview. Language: English.
  • 2007, "Iran is my Demolished Homeland". Language: English. Interview.
  • 2008, "Stories by Satyajit Ray and Iranian Writer Goli Taraghi, Presented by Theatre Nisha". Language: English. Play.
  • 2009, "In Search of the Self". Language: French ["Chroniqueuse de la Quête de Soi"]. Interview.
  • 2010, "Between Two Worlds: Goli Taraghi Accepts the Bita Prize". The Boston Review: Interview/Lecture. Language: English.
  • 2010, "The Gentleman Thief". Short story review. Language: English.
  • 2011, "Time and Espace in the House of Shemiran". Language: French ["Nostalgie, Temps et Espace Dans La Maison de Shemiran"].
  • 2012, "The Grand Lady of My Soul". Short story. Language: English.
  • 2011, "The House Of Shemiran". Languages: French ["La Maison de Shemiran"] and Persian ("خانه شمیران").
  • 2013, "Looking at the works of Goli Taraghi". Language: French ["Regard sur l’œuvre de Goli Taraghi"]. Review of Literature.
  • 2013, "Postmodern Influence in Contemporary Persian Literature]". Article - Theory and Practice in Language Studies. Language: English.
  • "The Hamid and Christina Moghadam Program in Iranian Studies and The Abbasi Program in Islamic Studies". Stanford: Persian Course Description. iTunes. Language: English and Persian.
  • "The Pomegranate Lady and Her Sons". Language: English. Short story.
  • "The Neighbor". Language: English. Short story.


  1. ^ alternative transliterations: Goli Taraqqi, Gulī Taraqqī
  2. ^ a b c d Kamran Talatoff, 'Taraghi, Goli' in Jane Eldridge Miller, ed., Who's Who in Contemporary Women's Writing, p.316
  3. ^ a b Heshmat Moayyad, ed., Stories from Iran: a Chicago anthology, 1921-1991, Mage Publishers, 1991, p.403
  4. ^ 'The Great Lady of My Soul: A Story', trans. Faridoun Farrokh, Iranian Studies Vol. 15, No. 1/4, pp.211-225

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