The Pomegranate Lady and Her Sons: Selected Stories

Rich in characters both whimsical and deeply poignant, humorous and real, the stories of Goli Taraghi have made her one of the world s most beloved contemporary writers from Iran A best selling author in her native country and widely anthologized in the United States and around the world, Taraghi s work is now made fully accessible to an English speaking audience in thisRich in characters both whimsical and deeply poignant, humorous and real, the stories of Goli Taraghi have made her one of the world s most beloved contemporary writers from Iran A best selling author in her native country and widely anthologized in the United States and around the world, Taraghi s work is now made fully accessible to an English speaking audience in this standout and long awaited volume of selected stories.Drawing on childhood experiences in Tehran during the reign of the Shah, her exile in Paris, and her subsequent visits to Tehran after the revolution, Taraghi develops characters and tales that linger in one s mind In the title story, a woman traveling from Tehran to Paris is obliged to help an old woman the Pomegranate Lady find her way to her fugitive sons in Sweden In The Gentleman Thief, a new kind of polite, apologetic thief emerges from the wreckage of the revolution In Encounter, a woman s world is upended when her former maid becomes her jailer And in The Flowers of Shiraz, a group of teenagers finally manages to coax a shy schoolmate out of her shell only to once again encounter tragedy.Reminiscent of the work of Nadine Gordimer and Eudora Welty, Taraghi s stories capture universal experiences of love, loss, alienation, and belonging all with an irresistible sense of life s absurdities.
The Pomegranate Lady and Her Sons Selected Stories Rich in characters both whimsical and deeply poignant humorous and real the stories of Goli Taraghi have made her one of the world s most beloved contemporary writers from Iran A best selling author

  • Title: The Pomegranate Lady and Her Sons: Selected Stories
  • Author: Goli Taraghi Sara Khalili
  • ISBN: 9780393063332
  • Page: 187
  • Format: Hardcover
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    About the Author

    Goli Taraghi Sara Khalili

    Persian Goli Taraghi also transliterated as Goli Taraqqi or Gul Taraqq was born in Tehran in 1939 She has been honored as a Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres in France, and her work has been widely anthologized, including in Reza Aslan s Tablet Pen Literary Landscapes from the Modern Middle East She lives in Paris.

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    • Emma Deplores Goodreads Censorship said:
      Aug 21, 2018 - 22:16 PM

      I read the first 5 stories of this collection (through page 179). The first one was decent and unexpectedly funny, but after that they became more a chore than a pleasure. The characters and settings are misty and unformed. All the stories are in the first person, sometimes told through the point-of-view of a minor character who nevertheless relates all of the thoughts and feelings of the protagonist like an omniscient narrator even though he or she has no way of knowing this information. The tr [...]

    • Orsolya said:
      Aug 21, 2018 - 22:16 PM

      Won an ARC copy from GiveawaysLiving in Los Angeles means that I have many acquaintances whom are first-generation Iranian having escaped Iran during the Revolution. Goli Taraghi is one of the many Persians having lived through this tumultuous time and left Iran for life in Paris. Taraghi has since become one of the most well-known contemporary Iranian authors. She compiles some of her work in “The Pomegranate Lady and her Sons: Selected Stories”.“The Pomegranate Lady and her Sons” is a [...]

    • Melanie Bentley said:
      Aug 21, 2018 - 22:16 PM

      The Pomegranate Lady and Her Sons is a conglomeration of short stories about Iranian women and their complicated lives. I have very mixed feelings about this book, in that I found myself often depressed about the storyline and the way it made me feel while I was reading. At the same time, I was compelled to finish the story, and generally found that I was very happy with the endings. But when reflecting back on the stories and analyzing the complexity of situations that these women have endured, [...]

    • Mythili said:
      Aug 21, 2018 - 22:16 PM

      Born in Tehran in 1939, Goli Taraghi was a teenager during Iran’s 1953 coup and a grown woman during the 1979 revolution. Both upheavals feature prominently in her writing, but the stories collected in The Pomegranate Lady and Her Sons are hardly polemical. Political tumult instead merely provides the backdrop of the transformations of her characters, young and old. The adolescent girls of “Flowers of Shiraz” can hardly comprehend the change underway in their country: In the run-up to Moss [...]

    • Melissa Reddish said:
      Aug 21, 2018 - 22:16 PM

      These are lovely stories written with a deft hand. The first clear joy I experienced was a glimpse into a wholly foreign world. Through these stories, we're able to see Tehran and the impact of the Revolution through the minutiae of everyday life. Taraghi explores these intimate family moments but is also unafraid to cover large swaths of time in her stories. In this way, they were reminiscent of Alice Munro. (But what contemporary author isn't influenced by her in some way?) Taraghi too has an [...]

    • Jana said:
      Aug 21, 2018 - 22:16 PM

      "The Pomegranate Lady and Her Sons," a collection of short stories by Goli Taraghi, is a fascinating window into what life was like during a few troubled decades in Iran's history. Ms. Taraghi transports the reader to an individual time and place for each story, whether that means Paris in the 1970s or Iran in the 1950s. Some of the works early in the collection drift into magical realism--Amir-Ali's own body revolts against him in "In Another Place" and the unnamed narrator experiences a mystic [...]

    • LJ said:
      Aug 21, 2018 - 22:16 PM

      Capturing the inner turmoil of a woman on the run from the religious and political upheaval in Iran by paining literary images of childhood memories of Tehran and confrontations with hostile Parisian neighbors expresses the spirit of this book. It's funny, but in the story "Unfinished Game," I found a passage that accurately captured the spirit of life in modern day Beijing. "The best approach is to find an acquaintance with behind-the-scenes influence, or to contrive a convenient, heartrending [...]

    • Niya said:
      Aug 21, 2018 - 22:16 PM

      The collection of stories, while compelling in their depictions of what life in Iran was like for private citizens as the political structures changed and the country went to way, seems more like a randomly assembled grouping than a coherent collection. In addition, perhaps because of the translation and not the authorship, the reader still feels one or more levels removed from the happenings. Reading this text is like watching the characters lives progress through smoked glass - you can almost [...]

    • L'Artiste said:
      Aug 21, 2018 - 22:16 PM

      I won this book in a Giveaway, and I'm so glad I did! It is a deeply poignant book which beautifully illustrates the plight of the Persian people. Each story, though short, successfully connected me to her characters. I was riveted!

    • Simona Pierrovskaia said:
      Aug 21, 2018 - 22:16 PM

      Questo libro mi è piaciuto molto. E' pieno di racconti ironici, leggeri, sul che cosa significa vivere a cavallo tra due culture, come quella iraniana e quella occidentale, tra la cultura del passato e quella del futuro. Forse il più indicativo in questo senso è proprio 'la signora melograno', che racconta di un'ottantenne che deve prendere l'aereo da Teheran per raggiungere i figli che sono andati a vivere in Svezia - uno forse è terrorista e l'altro omosessuale - e dalla prospettiva della [...]

    • Diane said:
      Aug 21, 2018 - 22:16 PM

      This collection of short stories by an Iranian author explores the lives of Iranians, both in the country and in exile. Most of the stories turn on the time around the Iranian Revolution, and the author explores themes of exile and loss, as the country changes dramatically during this time. Some of the stories were better than others, but I thought that overall the characters and plots were compelling. I also thought the author did a good job of writing short stories where the characters were de [...]

    • Fran said:
      Aug 21, 2018 - 22:16 PM

      An engaging read. Stories told with a bold enthusiasm. Opened my eyes to life in Tehran during the reign of the Shah and after the revolution, to ordinary people living their lives in a background of political upheaval and violence. The title story about a tired, cranky woman obliged to help a fellow passenger on a flight from Tehran to Paris, an old woman to be reunited with her sons in Sweden, is touching and memorable. There is a lot of heart in these intense stories.

    • Akeiisa said:
      Aug 21, 2018 - 22:16 PM

      An interesting collection of short stories set in Iran and following Iranian women who left during or following the revolution. Taraghi offers some insights into Iranian culture, especially during a tumultuous period. Some of the longer stories would have benefited from editing. Overall a satisfying read; 3 out of 5.

    • Angelo Ricci said:
      Aug 21, 2018 - 22:16 PM

      Luoghi intermedi tra Oriente e Occidente, ponti tra civiltà millenarie che si incontrano e scontrano in quella regione che va dal Caucaso patria di Katholicòs armeni dall’isolamento affascinante, attraversa mezzelune fertili di mastabe e ziqqurat borgesiane sino ad altipiani iranici dai quali sono nate migrazioni indoeuropee e tripartizioni duméziliane e demiurghi zoroastriani e che per secoli hanno condiviso fioriture di patriarchi nestoriani coniuganti Ctesifonte con il Celeste Impero, in [...]

    • Marne Wilson said:
      Aug 21, 2018 - 22:16 PM

      It often takes me a while to read a story collection, since I usually dip into the stories between other books I'm reading, but the fact that it took me four months to finish this book shows just how disinterested I was in it. Maybe I'm just not a member of the target audience, although I'd kind of thought I was. My favorite professor in college was an expert in Middle Eastern literature, and when I went through the usual phase where I wanted to read everything he'd ever written, I read a lot of [...]

    • Blue said:
      Aug 21, 2018 - 22:16 PM

      A great collection for shorts that are on the longish side. I find it puzzling that some people thought the stories were not collected with a theme in mind. Really? The stories all deal with characters trying to cope with the Islamic Revolution in Iran, whether it be in the newly strange homeland or in exile (Paris, which was a popular destination for any liberal Iranian who could afford it). The stories depict life after the sharp turn the whole country took, leaving most baffled and confused a [...]

    • Naomi said:
      Aug 21, 2018 - 22:16 PM

      Full disclosure: I received this for free through a ' First Read's giveaway.I loved this! I love the author's unique perspective on the issues specific to Iran. I love the accounts she is able to give of being a child and an adult in Iran during and following the Iranian Revolution. While I usually prefer full novels to short stories, I prefer this collection as it is, since it gives many separate snippets from different perspectives, but doesn't feel disjointed. And the short stories work all t [...]

    • Kristin said:
      Aug 21, 2018 - 22:16 PM

      The first half of the book was excellent, especially the stories "In Another Place" and "The Great Lady of My Soul." The latter had passages so beautiful and lyrical, I reread them over and over again. The first story, "Gentleman Thief," had me laughing, crying, on edge, poisoned, and finally comforted. "The Flowers of Shiraz" captures the invincibility of youth, and the heartbreak of when this facade is smashed to pieces. "Amina's Great Journey" was the last story I really liked, and even it be [...]

    • Erin said:
      Aug 21, 2018 - 22:16 PM

      This was a collection of short stories that took place in/around the Iranian revolution. I found the stories in the second half of the book more enjoyable than the first half. It started very slowly for me, but I had read such good things about the book that I kept going, hoping the next story would better catch my attention. And eventually, they did! I liked the story about the Flowers of Shiraz, about the flight to Tehran and the ping pong match, Delbar and the Little Monkey, and of course, ab [...]

    • Kara said:
      Aug 21, 2018 - 22:16 PM

      A starred recommendation from Kirkus Reviews and my longstanding interest in Middle Eastern, including Iranian, cultures and history served as powerful draws for me to read The Pomegranate Lady and Her Sons: Selected Stories by Goli Taraghi as soon as I could. Very fortunately, I won a giveaway featuring this book as a prize. The collection satisfied my curiosity by providing me with more experience reading Iranian literature (if only in translation, thanks in this case to the efforts of Sara K [...]

    • S said:
      Aug 21, 2018 - 22:16 PM

      As an Iranian-American, I seek out books about Iran and so many of them are about our lives as exiles from the country we were raised in, for so many diverse reasons, were forced to leave. I hadn't heard or read anything about this book but merely saw it on the shelf at the library and since the authors name was obviously Iranian, I thought I'd check it out and I'm so glad I did. What an amazing story teller Ms. Taraghi is. I so seldom read short stories, only because I love the all engrossing n [...]

    • Dree said:
      Aug 21, 2018 - 22:16 PM

      I collection of short stories, most of which take place in Tehran, with some including Paris.The author herself fled Iran for Paris after the Ayatollah took power, and many of the characters face similar experiences. The fear of the revolution, and the confusion on coming back to visit. Many also look at pre-revolution life in Iran.Amina's great journey was my favorite, about a young Indonesian second wife who comes to Tehran to work as a servant in a large home--at her husband's order. She goes [...]

    • Bindia said:
      Aug 21, 2018 - 22:16 PM

      Goli Taraghi is a marvelous story teller. She creates a tapestry with different stories and beautiful threads. Each character gets the center stage in different stories. Taraghi’s book offers readers a chance to read an author who has maintained her popularity in Iran for nearly four decades — an era spanning revolution, war and diaspora. Her accessible prose straddles the boundary between memoir and fiction, documenting life in Iran and in exile.Taraghi’s work, with its focus on contempor [...]

    • Susan said:
      Aug 21, 2018 - 22:16 PM

      I always gravitate toward books that expose me to new places and culturesd that was my hope for Pomegranate Ladywhile it did fulfill this purpose in giving me some insights in to Iran, the short stories were not setting-centric but more character-driven. My favorite was the very first of the collection, "Gentleman Thief". I enjoyed the book but found, as is often the case for me with short story collections, that I lost momentum and put down the book for long periods of time between stories. I m [...]

    • World Literature Today said:
      Aug 21, 2018 - 22:16 PM

      "The Pomegranate Lady and Her Sons, includes ten short stories that tak[e] place in Tehran, Paris, and other cities in between and beyond [and] cover various moments and eras in the span of Goli Taraghi, a renowned Iranian female author. Taraghi writes of the world around her, allowing her to indulge herself and her readers in the well-represented familiar world."-Raha Namy, University of DenverThis book was reviewed in the September 2015 issue of World Literature Today. Read the full review by [...]

    • Mitzi said:
      Aug 21, 2018 - 22:16 PM

      I thoroughly enjoyed these short stories about contemporary Iranians dealing with war and immigration (mostly to France). Her first stories are the weakest, I felt, but the later ones made up for it. Not only did I gain a perspective from a new and interesting point of view, there were timeless themes such as what makes us happy, how do we tolerate and treat our fellowmen in an age where we keep to ourselves and are too busy to think of anyone else's point of view, and what risks are we willing [...]

    • Zahra said:
      Aug 21, 2018 - 22:16 PM

      So - this book is beautifully written/translated but after reflecting on the book (esp the last story which the book is the named after) I realized this book is rather depressing. While it beautifully captures suffering during the revolutionary period in Iran, obviously an intense period of upheaval, Taraghi's stories focus on the negative aspects of the human condition - fragility, fear, loss, obsession, disengagement and mourning. Worth the read but consider balancing with a more upbeat compan [...]

    • Jyotsna said:
      Aug 21, 2018 - 22:16 PM

      The pomegranate lady and her sons is an interesting collection of short stories that highlights life during the revolution in Iran and life of the refugees in France. The stories are told from different unique perspectives, and often highlight the complex emotional struggles that ordinary people face that has been exacerbated by the political situation. The stories are haunting and complex; highlighting the people who are unwilling and innocent casualties of the situation. The are uplifting, tal [...]

    • Andrea said:
      Aug 21, 2018 - 22:16 PM

      Five stars for the writing, one star for keeping me up late feeling anxious and sad for the characters. This is a collection of short stories, or I should say short heartbreaks. There is always something lost in translation so I imagine Goli Taraghi's original writing is even more powerful. Which begs the question, why did you tell me these things, Goli? I was up late worrying about the Pomegranate Lady.

    • Jen said:
      Aug 21, 2018 - 22:16 PM

      I want to give this one 4.5 stars! This is absolutely one of the best books I've read this year. The short stories are powerful and beautiful. The characters are complex and full of truth. incredible portraits of a people, time and place that Americans hear much about, but likely have no direct connection with. These stories glowed and pulsed with reality and humanity.

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