Khomeini, Sade and Me
Author: Abnousse Shalmani
Translator: Charlotte Coombe
Original language: French
Published by: World Editions, May 2016
As a young girl, Abnousse Shalmani does not behave as good Iranian girls should; she refuses to be veiled. She is frank, provocative, intelligent, and lively. When her family goes into exile in Paris, she quickly discovers that Paris cannot provide the freedom she longed for. With the publication of Salman Rushdie’s Satanic Verses, Islam becomes a hot topic in France and again she is faced with such issues as wearing the hijab. This time, empowered by French literature, Shalmani recruits such authors as the Marquis de Sade to support her fight against oppression.
Part novel, part manifesto, Khomeini, Sade and Me is a feminist call to arms and an exhilarating reassertion of Liberté!