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Persian Nights by Diane Johnson

Persian Nights

  • Paperback $16.00

    Feb 01, 1998 | 368 Pages

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“Funny, incisive, frightening and eminently skillful. In addition, it displays the Cassandra-like quality of good fiction… When we read, at a climactic moment in the novel, ‘It seems the Americans are gun runners,’ the words hit home with a sickening thud. Ms. Johnson’s novel might be read as a primer by any Westerner unfamiliar with Iran—that is, by anyone who has not lived there for some weeks, unprotected by the artificial host apparatus set up for Government-sanctioned visits.”—Jayne Phillips, New York Times
“All this is material for a tale of high adventure in a dangerous, foreign setting; but novelist and screenwriter Diane Johnson also explores a deeper level of human intrigue: one that has less to do with the suspenseful action than with its attendant moments of doubt and discovery… Deftly, the narrative weaves through the lives and viewpoints of the other residents of the Azami Compound: Iranian doctors and their fretful, foreign spouses; American doctors divorced or just divorcing; Iranian wives who feel stifled and alienated and seek escape from their country; a grieving widower who seeks meaning in death through an impulsive act of bravery.”—Los Angeles Times
“Intelligent and level.”—Kirkus Reviews

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