Cover to Cover - Episode 30
Guest: Shokoofeh Azar
Book Review - The Enlightenment of the Greengage Tree (Wild Dingo Press)
Living in the 21st Century is not for the faint hearted, so it’s no surprise that writers of literary fiction are looking clear-eyed at schisms of times past and the capacity of humans for brutality. Stylistically similar to Eka Kurniawan’s acclaimed Beauty is a Wound, this novel is set in the aftermath of Iran’s Islamic Revolution of 1979. Many scenes, most memorably Azar’s handling of Beeta’s fate, blend heavy darkness with allegorical flights of imagination, marking the author as an assured fabulist. She brings to colourful life an extended family replete with beauty, humour and tragedy.
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Each month on Cover to Cover, we ask our guest author to recommend another great book by a West Australian author. Shokoofeh's recommendation was Feet to the Stars by Susan Midalia.