Press Releases Persian Dreams
04/15/2007 Second Edition
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 2006 (RALEIGH, NC) - Maryam Tabibzadeh has released a fascinating family saga of life in Persia/Iran that spans the 20th century. Persian Dreams follows the individual lives of family members across generations, exploring the intimate details of life in Iran during this period. Through the loves and losses of the characters and the telling and retelling of the family's stories, the reader is allowed to experience Persian culture from the inside.
From the architecture of the houses to the rules governing relationships between men and women, the texture of this rich culture permeates the book and interweaves the realities of the time and place with the fictional lives of this family. Highlighting the importance of poetry in Persian culture, there are poems/songs throughout the novel which speak of the love, the tragedy, the joy that these characters experience over the years.
Speaking from a place of great familiarity with the culture, Tabibzadeh takes the reader through time to experience the changes in the culture from one generation to the next. Through her characters, she offers great insights into the lives of women in this society and how the changes in the political climate have affected women's lives and roles over the years.
Describing the sources of inspiration and material for her novel, Tabibzadeh credits "a tangle of facts and fiction which came from my research for my thesis in 1976; my observation of more than 30 years living in that culture; and the stories I heard from friends."
The resulting novel offers readers a glimpse at an Iran that is much deeper than the headlines and much broader than the preconceptions that dominate Western media. The complexity of the Iranian Revolution is brought to life through characters who must make tough decisions in difficult times, and who suffer the costs of imperfect solutions. Though the novel takes place exclusively in the 20th century, this only delineates how recently (and rapidly) this culture has gone through significant changes. Yet, there are also indications of how the past continues to inform the present and how stubbornly unchanging some cultural practices are, especially in the case of women who must struggle to find their place in Islam and still be free to follow their own destinies.
Maryam Tabibzadeh was born in Darab, Pars Iran . She received her Masters of Computer Science from SUNY Binghamton in 1983 and is a computer programmer. She has written nonfiction books about the lives of two villages in Iran, 1974-1976. She has also written several short stories and poems that have been published in the Persian Newsletter in Raleigh, NC.
By Maryam Tabibzadeh
Paperback, 6x9 in, 404 pages
Dream Books, April 2007