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The Women of Deh Koh: Lives in an Iranian Village

The Women of Deh Koh: Lives in an Iranian Village
Author: Erika Friedl
ISBN 13: 9780140149937
ISBN 10: 140149937
Edition: Reprint
Publisher: Penguin Books
Publication Date: 1991-09-01
Format: Paperback
Pages: 256
List Price: $16.00

"The real inside story of Iran, of its people--is told in this book."--Judy Woodruff, Correspondent, MacNeil/Lehrer "Newshour"

Publishers Weekly

This fascinating collection lifts their concealing veils to bring us face to face with the women of a contemporary Iranian mountain village. Their situations are primitive and oppressive by Western standards, but the author, an anthropologist who has lived a number of years in Iran, lets the women speak through her deft pen, capturing their voices in tales of domestic power politics, childbearing, barrenness, marriage, old age. Like the relationships in this village of gossipy, intermarried and extended families, the 12 stories are interconnected, revealing a pungent, incisive view of women's society as a whole, and multifaceted portraits of some memorable individuals: Perijan, who was so embarrassed at being pregnant at a relatively advanced age that she hid her condition until after she gave birth; tough, elderly Maryam who, upon being widowed, braved the trials and controversy of remaining on her own land rather than accept a subordinate position in the household of one of her married brothers. Always denied a place in the public arena (even more so in the past decade since the revolution) the women of Deh Koh shape and control the home sphere--an area that these sagacious tales vivify with respect and integrity. (Apr.)