The Book of Fate

The Book of Fate

[the Banned Novel]

Book - 2013
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Selected as one of World Literature Today's 75 Notable Translations of 2013

Spanning five turbulent decades in Iranian history, from before the 1979 revolution, through the Islamic Republic, and up to the present, The Book of Fate is a powerful story of friendship and passion, fear and hope.

A teenager in pre-revolutionary Tehran, Massoumeh is an average girl, passionate about learning. On her way to school she meets a local man and falls in love, but when her family discovers his letters they accuse her of bringing them dishonour. She is badly beaten by her brother, and her parents hastily arrange for her to marry a man she's never met. Facing a life without love, and the prospect of no education, Massoumeh is distraught, but a female neighbour urges her to comply: "We each have a destiny, and you can't fight yours."

The years that follow Massoumeh's wedding prove transformative for Iran. Hamid, Massoumeh's husband, is a political dissident and a threat to the Shah's regime. When the secret service arrive to arrest him, it is the start of a terrifying period for Massoumeh. Her fate, so long dictated by family loyalty and tradition, is now tied to the changing fortunes of her country.

Publisher: Toronto : Anansi, c2013.
ISBN: 9781770893832
Branch Call Number: FICTION SAN
Characteristics: 447 p. ; 22 cm.
Additional Contributors: Khalili, Sara


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Sep 20, 2014

Being brave enough to stand up to her brothers as a child did not save her from sacrificing happiness for her own children. Life lessons for all women and also an indictment of how far extremists have made in-roads into the minds of young men. Her father who grew up in more tolerant times in Iran was proud of her scholarship and wanted her to continue her education but because of her brutal brothers "honor" she is kept a prisoner in a forced marriage. So sad but necessary to know and fight against the evil ideas that exist in the world.

Sep 24, 2013

I was expecting this novel to be full of Iranian politics. In fact this book was not any of that. Interesting love story. The ending was not what I expected.

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