Magazine article New Internationalist

[Persian Brides]

Magazine article New Internationalist

[Persian Brides]

Article excerpt

Israeli author Dorit Rabinyan's tragi-comic novel, Persian Brides, is a strikingly mature and polished debut. Set at the turn of the century in the Jewish quarter of the fictional Persian village of Omerijan, the story spans two days in the lives of Flora Ratoyan and her 11-year-old cousin Nazie. Flora is 15, heavily pregnant and seemingly forgotten by her absent husband. Nazie, betrothed to Flora's brother, Moussa, is anxiously awaiting the onset of menstruation, a legal requirement for the wedding to proceed.

In the daily round of village life, from wash-day to wedding day, we meet the vibrant supporting cast; Flora's philandering husband Shahin Bozidozi; her mother, Miriam Hanoum, in thrall to the demonic village cats; Azizolla the fortune-teller and many, many more. …

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