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طوبا و معنای شب

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" With this] bold, insightful novel . . . Parsipur makes a stylishly original contribution to modern feminist literature."--"Publishers Weekly" (starred review)

"Parsipur should be admired both as a courageous woman who endured jail and torture . . . and as a writer and innovator."--Azar Nafisi, author of "Reading Lolita in Tehran"

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Paper back, 512 pages
Published 1990 by اسپرک
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Ahmad Sharabiani
Tuba va ma'na-ye shab, Shahrnush Parsipur
عنوانها: طوبی و معنای شب؛ طوبا و معنای شب؛
عنوان: طوبا و معنای شب؛ نویسنده: شهرنوش پارسیپور؛ تهران، اسپرک، 1367، چاپ سوم 1368؛ در 512 ص؛ چاپ دیگر: تهران، البرز، 1382؛ در 413 ص؛ شابک: 9644423259؛ چاپ دیگر: تهران، ثالث، 1394، در 444 ص؛ شابک: 9786004050548؛ موضوع: داستانهای نویسندگان معاصر ایرانی قرن 20 م
عنوان: طوبی و معنای شب؛ نویسنده: شهرنوش پارسیپور؛ تهران، نشرشیرین، 1379؛ در 413 ص؛ شابک: 9645564417؛
داستان «طوبا و معنای شب»؛ سرگذشت زنی ست به نام «طوبا» از
Feb 01, 2016 Somayeh rated it it was ok
به نظرم شخصیت طوبا درست پرداخت نشده بود، دست کم من نتوانستم بفهممش! گاهی مذهبی، گاهی روشن فکر، گاهی دنباله رو عرفان و حلقه دراویش و در نهایت پیرزنی مرتجع که مخالف هر تغییر و نو شدنیست،
آمیختن رئالیسم جادوئی و رئال هم از نظر من تنها متن را گنگ کرده بود و نه زیبا! در رمان زنان بدون مردان، رئالیسم جادوئی وجه قوت اثر بود، اما اینجا .. گویا از سر اجبار و صرفا جهت بیان یک سری عقاید و حرفهای عرفانی داخل متن گنجانده شده بود!مثلا شخصیت شاهزاده گیل و لیلا که گویا ازلی و بیمرگ بودند و روایتشان از زمان مغوله
Apr 20, 2007 علی rated it it was ok
Shelves: persian-novels
در مورد "بانوان نویسنده" در وبلاگ گودریدز، یک مطلب کلی نوشته ام و تا اندازه ای به همه ی آثارشان اشاره کرده ام، پس نیازی به "ریویو"ی جداگانه نیست، اگر مایلید، اینجا را بخوانید؛
Seyed Mohammad
کتاب از لحاظ فرمی ایرادات بسیاری دارد. سیر داستان پر از سکته است. شخصیتها بدون هیچ زمینهای ناگهان رفتار و یا احساساتی پیشبینیناپذیر از خود نشان میدهند که زمینه آن فراهم نشده است. در اواخر کتاب شخصیتها بسیار حالت تیپ پیدا میکنند: تیپ یک چریک کومونیست، تیپ یک مسلمان معتقد، تیپ یک روشنفکر سرخورده و … . به همین علت صورت و رفتاری انسانی و باورپذیر ندارند.
پرداخت نثر کتاب ناکافی است و جملات در مقاطعی حالت شعاری پیدا میکنند. پایانبندی کتاب هم بسیار بیمایه است. همه اینها در مجموع کتاب را در موقعیت بسیار
Apr 30, 2012 Ron rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a monumental book, maybe a masterpiece of Iranian fiction, but certainly a family saga of considerable dimensions that follows the lifetime of one woman, Touba, from girlhood to old age. During a period of time that reaches across most of a century, she represents the traditional, sequestered world to which Iranian women have been assigned for generations. With one significant difference: she enters that world with the blessings of a father who believes that women are the equals to men a ...more
Jun 28, 2012 Jenny rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A wonderful book. I really enjoyed reading it. Some parts are a little harder to get through, but others are suspenseful, fascinating, and gripping. I especially liked learning about Iranian culture and history, both of which I really knew nothing about before reading this book. I feel like I've broadened my horizons a little bit by understanding more about what happened in Iran between the end of the 19th century and the Islamic Revolution.
My favorite parts of the story itself were the love st
woman on a hot tin moon
Aug 31, 2012 woman on a hot tin moon rated it really liked it
What intrigued me most in this novel is its relationship to magic realism. In Touba and the meaning of Night what we call magic is deeply rooted in religion although disregarding the magical twists that were borrowed from pre-Islamic philosophy and skillfully woven into the narrative will be unfair to the novel in its totality. Throughout the novel, I could not help but compare it with One Hundred Years of Solitude and kept thinking how magic is culturally and religiously coded. One of the quest ...more
Jul 11, 2009 Gravity rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

As the events this past month unfolded, our aggregated American heads swiveled towards Iran, looking at it with greater interest than since the 1980s. Who is this Iran, center of the Axis of evil, run by a midget Holocaust denier, and populated with beautiful and politically engaged students? Iran’s history seems like it has been a long tug between its rich, cultural Persian history and religious fundamentalism (with some US puppet governments thrown in for good measure.)

I’m not sure why, but I
May 01, 2016 kheyzaran rated it really liked it
داستان طوبا و معنای شب به شکل عجیبی از نام و قهرمان نیمه ی اولش پیروی نمی کند، با داستان طوبای زیبا و کنجکاو آغاز می شود اما رفته رفته با پیر شدن زن به زندگی های دیگری پیوند می خورد و طوبا را خرفت و حاشیه ای می کند. این البته نه فقط سرنوشت طوبا که سرنوشت زنان دیگر داستان، مونس و مریم هم هست که در سالهای جوانی می درخشند و همین که می آیی از بودنشان شاد شوی هدر می روند و از خط اصلی داستان هم بیرون انداخته می شوند.
البته حتا اگر ماجرای پررنگ شدن و حاشیه ای شدن کاراکترها را بتوان تمهیدی فرمالیستی برای
Lane Pybas
May 24, 2014 Lane Pybas rated it liked it
Shelves: summer-2014
I read Touba after reading Parsipur’s wonderful novella Women Without Men. The novella wove the disturbing stories of five women together with the strength of a parable, and I was hoping that Touba would also be in this vein. The novel is steeped in Persian legend and lore, but the symbolism lost its force for me in the long novel format. The bold little allegories that I enjoyed in Women Without Men were sort of muddied down in service of the larger plot about a matriarch whose life story mirro ...more
May 06, 2007 liz rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This is a very serious Iranian novel. Epic. One of the few novels that I've read and wondered if I couldn't fully appreciate it because I'm so unfamiliar with the cultural outlook? I thought it was odd that, maybe because it was written by a woman, it seems to be regarded as a feminist work. The female protagonist is sometimes strong... but sometimes isn't. And I do feel like the work perpetuates a large number of mysogenist practices (or is it just reflecting a reality?).

Ismael grew curious abo
A bestseller from the time of it's release in Iran, this amazing book has finally been translated into English for Western readers to sink their teeth into. Historical, mythical, and with long, loosely connected tangents of magical realism, this book covers the life of one Iranian woman over her very long life, as well as the political, social, and religious changes during that time period. Touba lives through the reigns of shahs, of British and Russian Colonialists, of the relatively brief peri ...more
Nov 11, 2011 Tina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Love this book. Love this author. Wish they would translate more of her work from Farsi to English. Ms. Parsipur has been compared to other magical realist authors like Gaberial Garcia Marquez. The symbolism and allegory are interesting for me especially because I was raised in the US with a disconnect to Iran. Not having studied our history, literature or mythology till now, this book was a great introduction to various ideas I've never been exposed to. A book I'll def need to read a multiple t ...more
Oct 10, 2014 Katerina rated it really liked it
Shelves: iran
The book tells the life story of a woman and covers both Qajar and Pahlavi periods. It was interesting to read about political and social changes and how they were changing people and influencing the woman`s destiny. I enjoyed reading about the woman`s personal life as in this book the woman`s character is quite different from what you usually see in Iranian books - she is active, decisive and independent as much as it was possible in those times.
It was also quite entertaining to see the reactio
Jan 22, 2013 Mel rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is part of my quest to read more non-western literature and what better place to travel than Iran. Recognizing that I live a completely different experience, especially in the world of women's rights, what was most disappointing about Touba as a character is that she starts out so strong and in opposition to doing as society dictates. And yet she grows into an old woman seeped in tradition that proves irrelevant in the new world she finds herself in. Realistic future for many an averag ...more
Feb 04, 2015 Flynn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Islamic literature:
"A fictional biography of a woman named Touba, and her struggle to survive successively exploitative relation ships in a patriarchal religious culture wracked by cataclysmic political transformations, Touba and the Meaning of Night is a feminist tour de force that stands among the classics of twentieth-century Middle Eastern literature. We can't recommend Touba more highly." - Tikkun
May 07, 2012 Rubayya rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
I love when I read a book and leaves me wandering in its world for hours, days, weeks afterwards. This book accomplished that and so much more for me, intellectually and emotionally. If you have any interest in Iran, mysticism, gender, or Islam, I highly recommend this book.
Feb 17, 2015 Jen rated it it was amazing
Parsipur's Touba and the Meaning of Night has set a high bar for every other book I will read this year. The story spans a century, placing fantastically complex characters against a backdrop of major political and social change in Iran. Despite the strong role of historical events in the progression of the novel, those unfamiliar with or uninterested in the history will still be pulled in by the magical realism interwoven in the lives of Touba and her family. A wonderfully compelling read.

The a
Feb 01, 2008 Genevieve marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
From Dad: a novel spanning the history of Persia/Iran from before WWI through the eyes of an Iranian woman. It is an intriguing, sometimes very dramatic, saga that takes you deep into Persian culture. Parsipur must be the Persian balzac!
Aug 10, 2014 Talie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: persian-novels
یکی از نمادهای زیبای کتاب نماد خانه بود. خانهای که در پایان کتاب به سمت زوال میرود. و نسلهایی از زنانی که با جنینی در رحم در رحم خاک دفن میشوند. یا از ترس جنین خود را میکشند ...more
Pavement Poet
Sep 27, 2012 Pavement Poet rated it really liked it
I loved the character of Touba. Her entire life depicts the journey of politics in Iran. I found it a very difficult read, very dense and full of realistic surrealism.
بهمن بهمن
Jun 26, 2007 بهمن بهمن rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
cheghadr zamane chape in ketab darbarash tabligh shod.hamoon moghe khoondam va aslanam khosham naioomad:(
Dec 14, 2009 elmira rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
a lot of Iranian history and culture in an amazing set through eyes of a woman...
Somayeh Farhadi
May 25, 2015 Somayeh Farhadi rated it really liked it
راستش نمی توانم تصمیم بگیرم که کتاب را دوست داشتم یا نداشتم! خانم پارسی پور شخصیت های جذابی را خلق کرده که به ندرت در رمان های ایرانی دیده می شوند. همین طور اندیشه هایی که در باب زن ایرانی مطرح می شوند نو و بعضن خرق عادت هستند. اما خود داستان جذاب نیست! البته حوادث به خودی خود و تک تک بسیار هیجان انگیز و نفس گیرهستند؛ اما انگار خوب روایت نمی شوند و ماهیت خود را از دست می دهند.
در هر صورت به نظرم طوبا و معنای شب رمانی است که باید حتمن خوانده شود.
Jul 06, 2011 Leigh rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: feminist
Many more characters and much more detail than my mind can absorb. thank goodness for the list of characters in the front. The reading experience would have been much improved if the list had been in both chronological order (which it is) and alphabetical order (for looking up the characters when they reappear). Also, a general outline of the history of Iraq during the time of the book wld have been very helpful, and even more so, the "mapping" of the events in the book to the historical traject ...more
Jan 23, 2011 Syrdarya rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Cathalijn Brunner
Put the book back on the "plan to read" shelf. It's a good book but I just don't seem to be able to get into the story.
واقعی و دلسوزانه. از این سبک نوشتن خوشم میاد وسط ، آخر بعد اول.
Jan 23, 2015 Persian marked it as to-read
سبک خاص نگارش و داستان پردازی شهرنوش پارسی پور قابل تحسین است. ...more
Aug 14, 2016 Wieland rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Mooi, voor wie interesse heeft in Iraanse cultuur en vrouwenemancipatie.
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