This is the first volume of the complete works of the renowned Iranian novelist, Mahshid Amirshahy, containing all her short stories in Persian, which have first appeared between ninteen sixties and seventies in 4 collections: kucheh ye bonbàst (The Blind Alley, 1966), sâre bibi khânom (Bibi Khanom's Starling, 1968), ba'd àz ruze âkàr (After the Last Day, 1969) and be sigheh ye aval shakhse mofrád (First Person Singular, 1970).
Mahshid Amirshahy occupies a place of choice in the gallery of Iranian authors. She started her career early in life and was soon hailed by art critics for her precocious talent as well as the high quality of her writings. Her refined prose, which became more and more sophisticated from book to book, promoted her to one of the most prominent figures of contemporary Persian literature. Her lucid, colorful, precise, sensitive and inimitable style is as much suited to brush her characters as is in painting their surrounding world. The brilliance of her writing is partly due to her vast vocabulary and generosity of vernacular. She builds her characters up through their hold of the language and their dialogues, constructed with a mastery unequalled in Persian literature of our time. At the dawn of the revolution that brought Khomeini to power, Mahshid Amirshahy's deep respect for human dignity, so palpable in her writings, made her take publicly position against the effervescence of fundamentalism and fend for the slender chance of a secular democracy. This standpoint forced her into exile. She now lives in France. See also: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mahshid_Amirshahi and: http://www.amirshahi.org/