This book of historical fiction tells the life of an Iranian poetess who led a short but remarkable life. Forough Farrokzhad was born in Tehran in 1935, the second daughter of a subservient mother and a father who was a colonel in the Shah’s army. Although her father was a strict disciplinarian, Forough often disobeyed his rules, even when she knew that if she was discovered there would be dire consequences. She was willing to achieve her independence, no matter what the cost. She married young, divorced, had several affairs, wrote scandalous poems and directed films that shocked many Iranians. She was greatly admired by some and loathed by others.
I don’t think an author could have invented a character much more complex, colorful and iconoclastic than Forough Farrokzhad. Not only did I enjoy reading about this unique woman, I also liked learning about the history of Iran during the 50’s and 60’s.