Touba and the Meaning of Night
|Original title||Ṭūbā va maʻnā-yi shab|
|Publisher||Intishārāt-i Ispark (Iran), Feminist Press (US)|
Published in English
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.
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.
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