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Shokoofeh Azar

Shokoofeh Azar

Shokoofeh Azar moved to Australia as a political refugee in 2011. She is the author of essays, articles, and children’s books, and is the first Iranian woman to hitchhike the entire length of the Silk Road. The Enlightenment of the Greengage Tree, originally written in Farsi, was shortlisted for Australia’s Stella Prize for Fiction and is her first novel to be translated into English.

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Shokoofeh Azar’s The Enlightenment of The Greengage Tree is on the shortlist of 2020 International Booker Prize.

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  • “The Enlightenment of the Greengage Tree is a hugely ambitious book, blending familial drama with the history of a nation during a conflicted era. At times, those shifts between the micro and the macro—and back again—can be dizzying, but I appreciated Azar’s sense of...
    — Words without Borders, Feb 17 2020
  • Written by a political refugee who moved to Australia, a novel in which the ghost of a 13-year-old girl narrates her family's flight from their home in Tehran to a small village in hopes of preserving their intellectual freedom.
    — The New York Times, Feb 17 2020
  • Although the page facing the title of Azar’s first novel to be translated into English clearly states, “Translated from the Farsi,” the linguistic enabler remains anonymous; the publisher’s official line is, “the translator of this book has asked not to be named out...
    — Booklist, Nov 15 2019