Touba and the Meaning of Night

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Touba and the Meaning of Night
Author Shahrnush Parsipur
Original title Ṭūbā va maʻnā-yi shab
Translator Kamran Talattof
Havva Houshmand
Country Iran
Language Persian
Set in Iran
Publisher Intishārāt-i Ispark (Iran), Feminist Press (US)
Publication date
Published in English
Media type Print
Pages 367 pp
ISBN 978-1-5586-1519-9
OCLC 62878277
LC Class PK6561.P247

Touba and the Meaning of Night (Persian: طوبی و معنای شب‎‎) is a novel written by Iranian novelist, Shahrnush Parsipur and was originally published in Iran in 1989. Written after the author spent four years and seven months in prison, it is Parsipur's second novel and is a fictional account of a woman, Touba, living through the rapidly changing political environment of 20th century Iran. Like other works of Shahrnush Parsipur, Touba and the Meaning of Night is considered by most to be a feminist work. Also, like Parsipur's other work, Touba and the Meaning of Night remains banned in Iran.[1]

Plot summary[edit]

Spanning eighty years, the novel follows the life of Touba, a young woman educated by her father in a time when few women received education. After her father passes away, Touba proposes to and marries a 52-year-old man. Initiated in desperation, the marriage causes Touba to fall into depression and eventually ends in a divorce. Touba later remarries a Prince of the Qajar Dynasty. Though her second marriage starts happily, it also ends in divorce when the Prince takes a second wife. After the divorce, Touba is left to raise their daughter on the dwindling allowance afforded by her former husband's diminishing dynasty. To compensate, Touba weaves rugs.[2]


  1. ^ "Touba and the Meaning of Night". Publisher's Weekly. Retrieved 2013-11-26. 
  2. ^ "Touba and the Meaning of Night". Feminist Press. Retrieved November 26, 2013. 

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