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Savušun (also spelled Savushun, Persian: سووشون‎) is a 1969 Persian novel by Iranian female writer Simin Daneshvar.[1] It is the first novel in Persian written by a female author.[2] The story is about the life of a landowning family in Shiraz faced to the occupation of Iran during World War II.[1] Savušun has sold over five hundred thousand copies in Iran.[1]

Savušun is "groundbreaking" and highly acclaimed work in contemporary Persian literature, with both literary and popular success within and outside Iran.[3][1] The novel has been translated to English and 16 other languages.[4] When writing about the novel's importance, critic Kaveh Bissari describing an exact translation by Ghanoonparvar in 1990 and the version A Persian Requiem by Roxane Zand in 1991.[1]

Daneshvar uses folklore and myth in Savušun. Linguistically, savušun is a corruption of Siyâvašun, which refers to the traditional mourning for Siyâvaš, a hero in the Šâhnâme.[3]

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  1. ^ a b c d e "Modern Iran Through Its Novels". Michigan Quarterly Review. 2017-02-23. Retrieved 2018-01-21.
  2. ^ Masʿud Jaʿfari Jazi (April 12, 2012). "SUVASHUN". Encyclopaedia Iranica. Retrieved 2018-01-21.
  3. ^ a b "Savushun: A novel about modern Iran". Your Middle East. Retrieved 2018-01-21.
  4. ^ "BBC فارسی - فرهنگ و هنر - سیمین دانشور، داستان نویس و مترجم برجسته ایرانی، درگذشت". (in Persian). Retrieved 2018-01-21.

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