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Name  Mahshid Amirshahi
Role  Novelist
Books  Suri & co.

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Spouse  Farrokh Ghaffari (m. ?–2006)
Similar People  Farrokh Ghaffari, Shapour Bakhtiar, Shahrnush Parsipur, Zoya Pirzad, Niloofar Beyzaie

Mahshid Amirshahi (Persian: مهشید امیرشاهی‎‎) (her surname also spelled Amir-Shay or Amirshahy) (born 9 April 1937) is an Iranian novelist, short story writer, humorist, literary critic, journalist and translator.


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She was born on 9 April 1937 in Kermanshah to Amir Amirshahi, a magistrate, and Moloud Khanlary, a political activist.

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Amirshahi attended primary and part of secondary schools in Tehran Iran and later went to Charters Towers, a private boarding school in Bexhill-on-Sea Sussex, England. After obtaining her O- and A-levels in various subject matters she studied physics at Woolwich Polytechnic in London.

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At the dawn of the Islamic revolution in Iran she publicly took position against effervescence of fundamentalism and in favour of a secular democracy. Her article in support of Shapour Bakhtiar, the last Premier of Iran prior to the installation of the Islamic Republic and a loyal follower of Dr. Mohammad Mossadegh, published in the daily newspaper Ayandegan was unique in its genre. In those days of revolutionary fervor she dared to warn her compatriots of the dangers of a religious regime. This standpoint forced her into exile, where she kept up her writings as well as her political fight. Some critics have called her novels: Dar hazar & Dar safar (At Home & Away) as well as her quartet: Maadaraan o Dokhtaraan (Mothers and Daughters), all written in exile, "modern classics of Persian literature". Amirshahi’s story reading sessions are particularly appreciated by Iranians.

She has given many lectures in places of significance such as the Palais du Luxembourg (the French Senate) and Harvard University, and has written dozens of articles mostly in Persian with occasional contributions to publications such as Newsday (USA) and Les Temps Modernes (France) in English and French. One of her notable political stands while in exile has been her instigation of the declaration of the Iranian intellectuals and artists in defence of the British author Salman Rushdie who had become the object of a notorious manhunt owing to the fatwa issued by ayatollah Khomeini against him and his book The Satanic Verses. Mahshid Amirshahi was one of the founders of the "Comité de défense de Salman Rushdie en France" and a member of a similar Committee for Taslima Nasreen, the writer who was the target of attacks by fundamentalists in Bangladesh.


A few of her short stories have been translated into French, German, Czech, Bulgar, Arabic. The following are translated into English:

  • Suri & Co. - Tales of a Persian Teenage Girl. Translated by J. E. Knörzer, University of Texas Press, 1995
  • "String of Beads". Translated by Michael Beard, Edebiyât, Vol II, n°1, 1978
  • "After the Last Day". Translated by John Green
  • Peyton Place: Tehran 1972. Translated by Micheal Beard, Heinemann, 1993
  • "The End of the Passion Play". Translated by Minoo Southgate & Bjorn Robinson Rye, in Modern Persian Short Stories, Three Continents Press, 1980
  • "Brother’s Future Family". Translated by Micheal Beard
  • "The Smell of Lemon Peel, the Smell of Fresh Milk". Translated by Heshmat Moayyad, in Stories from Iran, A Chicago Anthology 1921–1991, Mage Publishers, 1991.
  • References

    Mahshid Amirshahi Wikipedia

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