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Porochista Khakpour

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in Tehran, Iran



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Porochista Khakpour has been awarded fellowships from the NEA, John Hopkins, Northwestern, Yaddo, and Ucross. Her debut novel Sons and Other Flammable Objects was a New York Times "Editors Choice," one of Chicago Tribune "Fall's Best," and a 2007 California Book Award winner. Her nonfiction has appeared in Harper's, the Los Angeles Times, Slate, and Salon, among others. She has taught at John Hopkins, Hofstra, Bucknell, Fairfield, Columbia, and Wesleyan. She lives in New York City, and her most recent novel is The Last Illusion, published by Bloomsbury USA.


“An audaciously ambitious novel that teeters along a tightrope but never falls off.

Following her well-received debut (Sons and Other Flammable Objects, 2007), this Iranian-American novelist returns with what on the surface is a coming-of-age story about a boy who was raised as a bird, based on a myth from the Persian Book of Kings (which finds its way into the sto...
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The Last Illusion

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The Last Illusion by Porochista Khakpour
"This novel is far more than it's summary. It is a beautiful tangle of myth, love, magic, and illusion giving the reader one wonderful story. Zal begins his life in a cage, after his mother (horrified by his pale skin and hair) treats him like a bi..." Read more of this review »
The Last Illusion by Porochista Khakpour
"From the critically acclaimed authors of "Sons and Other Flammable Objects" comes a bold fabulist novel about a feral boy coming of age in New York, based on the legend from the medieval Persian epic The Shahnameh, the Book of Kings."
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The Last Illusion by Porochista Khakpour
"Zal was raised as a bird, but he isn't really a bird. He is a boy, but only in the physical sense. Trapped in a cage for the first ten years of his life by an abusive mother for having light skin, his siblings were the other caged birds, from whom..." Read more of this review »
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“Don’t ask for advice too much. Go with you, as gritty as that might be at times.”
Porochista Khakpour

“Maybe anything could become the most beautiful thing in the world if you gave in fully, let it take you over, let it be all you had.”
Porochista Khakpour, The Last Illusion
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“--you could simply imagine doing the unthinkable, and then, the next thing you knew, there you were doing it. Nothing was out of the question. Anything could happen. You had to do it your way.”
Porochista Khakpour, The Last Illusion

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