September 14, 2015 - 7:00pm
Prairie Lights

In this special event sponsored by the IWP, Shahriar Mandanipour will read from his novel Censoring an Iranian Love Story. Mandanipour evokes a pair of young lovers who find each other despite surreal persecution and repressive parents – through coded messages and internet chat rooms.

Shahriar Mandanipour, an Iranian exile, is the author of novels, short stories, and nonfiction published in Iran. He was a soldier in the war between Iran and Iraq, which he wrote about to great acclaim in Iran, but recent work more critical of the government has led to his exile. Currently a fellow at Harvard University, this is his first translation into English.

His work has appeared in PEN America, The Literary Review, and The Kenyon Review. He lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

"A clever Rubik's Cube of a story, [and] a haunting portrait of life in the Islamic Republic of Iran. . . . An Escher-like meditation on the interplay of life and art, reality and fiction." —Michiko Kakutani