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Shahriar Mandanipour

Iranian novelist Shahriar Mandanipour, the 2006 recipient of Brown University’s International Writers Project Fellowship, is regarded as one of the most accomplished and successful writers in contemporary Iran. He is the author of five collections of short stories, including The Eighth Day of the Earth, Violet Orient, Midday Moon, Mummy and Honey and Shadows of the Cave. His most recent collection, Ultramarine Blue, gathers eleven stories that relate in various ways to the events of 9/11. Mandanipour is also the author of a two-volume novel, The Courage of Love, and of essays, translations, and children’s books. His various works explore, sometimes in symbolic or metaphorical terms, the effects of dictatorship and oppression on the Iranian people, and he has spoken out in a number of international lectures on censorship in Iran. As a result of his literary and political activities, Mr. Mandanipour has been subjected to harassment, threats, censorship and intimidation by Iran’s Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance; for a long period, from 1992 until 1998, he was unable to publish his work, including another novel and a collection of short stories.