Iranian Literature

When the gypsies came to town

This happened in the winter of 1959. There was a wave of unrest in the “kancha bazaar” (kitchen market) in the city of Dinajpur. Someone made a bugle call: “The gypsies are here. Allah save us! Secure your belongings.” It was as if some calamity had befallen the small town. …

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The main contenders for the Iranian presidency

The June 18 presidential election heats up as Iran’s chief justice Ebrahim Raisi and former parliament speaker Ali Larijani enter the race. As Iran prepares for a presidential election next month, two prominent Tory candidates have announced their candidacy, Ebrahim Raisi and Ali Larijani. The current president, Hassan Rouhani, described …

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