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Dardedel: Rumi, Hafez & Love in New York

Parvin, Manoucher

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ISBN 10: 1579620825 / ISBN 13: 9781579620820
Published by The Permanent Press, 2003
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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SIGNED and inscribed by Parvin on the dedication page. The full cloth hardcover binding is clean and tight. The interior and text are clean and unmarked. The dustjacket remains unclipped ($26) and is bright and attractive with a small closed tears at the upper spine end and lower corner fold. NOT ex-lib. A clean, tight copy in jacket. 252pp. Bookseller Inventory # 006411

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Title: Dardedel: Rumi, Hafez & Love in New York

Publisher: The Permanent Press

Publication Date: 2003

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st Edition

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Synopsis:

Professor Pirooz, a Iranian-American who is despairing of his life and the state of today’s world, flies from New York to Phoenix, wanders into the desert at night, and hopes to die. As he pours his heart out to nobody, two cactus plants engage him in conversation. They are the reincarnations of the great Persian poets Hafez and Rumi.

They not only try to dissuade him from his plan, but urge him to return to New York, where they appear again to offer their support: Hafez as a 30-something taxi driver and Rumi in a variety of forms. Along the way we learn a great deal about both historical and contemporary Persia (Iran) and about love, as Hafez falls in love with a precocious 14-year-old he takes on as a fare.

This playful and illuminating novel-in-verse not only brings these two great Persian poets to life, but also serves as a wonderful introduction to their work. Manoucher Parvin’s imaginative love story – part contemporary fairy-tale, part mythology – not only touches the heart, but critically reflects contemporary mores, morals, philosophy, and society.

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A most unusual novel is Manoucher Parvin’s DARDEDEL: Rumi Hafez & Love in New York. For starters, it’s written in free verse. For another, it contrasts the world of 13th and 14th century Persia with that of present day New York, by bringing back to life the famed Persian poets Rumi and Hafez, who reincarnate themselves to help a suicidal Persian-American professor. It provides a double love story (is not Hafez still considered today to be one of the ablest poets of love?) and also touches on the nature of things (which is one of the reasons Rumi is still widely read throughout the world).

The characters and plot set up wonderful interactions between the professor and the poets, who try to reconcile their "Old-World Ways" with those of the "New," and nothing serves this dialogue and dilemma better than the relationship that forms between Hafez – who is working as a Taxi driver – and Mitra, a precocious 14-year old girl he falls in love with after picking her up. That was the favored age for romance in his day. So why, he wonders, does it cause the lovers such difficulties now? All the while, Parvin, through Professor Pirooz (who is despondent not only over the lack of love in his own life but the state of contemporary society, its values, its poetry, and the role of the artist), has his chance to expound upon our current society’s shortcomings and the special problems encountered by immigrants and those out-of-step with contemporary customs.

DARDEDEL is not only richly layered and endowed with lively, off-beat characters you can laugh with and laugh at, but provides a wonderful introduction to these two great and still widely read Persian poets. Filled with myth, history, poetry, humor, and unexpected twists and turns of plot, Parvin has created an entirely original work of fiction, where one also learns a considerable amount about historical and contemporary Persia (Iran) and the nature of Love.

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