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Book Title: Saddlebag|
The author of the book: Bahíyyih Nakhjavání
Edition: Beacon Press
Date of issue: September 22nd 2001
ISBN 13: 9780807083437
Format files: PDF
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When I finished this novel for a moment I thought that, may be, it had been originally contained in the Saddlebag on which it was based, for its contents had been dispersed in the wide world. One of items could have ended up in my library.
But mulling over it, I realized that no, it could not have been. It is not written in Persian, its paper is not pale blue and the script is printed rather than handwritten in a spidery hand.
Instead I could understand the novel as another Saddlebag. For after all it is bundle of writings with wisdom written over them. I mean neither wisdom in the moral boring sense, nor the wisdom that remains sterile because it is not listened to. But literary wisdom: Nakhjavani’s writing outshines.
The novel is loaded with imagery and it is always evocative and suggestive. It creates the landscapes and paints different vistas, it plays the sounds of the cacophony of the languages spoken, it prays to different religions, it conjures sensations and empathetic feelings of a wide specter, it evaluates various philosophical thoughts, and it makes you smile.
The imagery is so fertile that it invites the reader to conjure up her own trying to condense how it feels reading this novel. Several came to me. The structure of complementing episodes made me think of orange segments. All literary and exotically juicy. But the way the actual writing captivated me seemed as if the reading were like flying onto a web tissued by a an enchanting spider, because the lines stuck to my skin, or to my eyes. They had to continue reading and those lines or threads, all connected, captivated me irremediably more and more.
But the novel is better than that. The interconnection is more complex than an uniform web. Each episode changes not just the protagonist, but also the tone, and the viewpoint, and the story, and the outlook on life. And by the time one comes to the end and can see how all the parts integrate with each other one wonders how could Nakhjavani have done it so fittingly well considering the varying and complex shape of each and of the whole.
This Saddlebag of a novel induces pure delight as if it were a literary flower.
For if I was a seeker, there was not a single moment in which I was a doubter.
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Read information about the authorBahiyyih Nakhjavání is a Persian writer educated in the United Kingdom and the United States. After teaching literature at universities in North America and Europe, she came to live in France where she has been conducting workshops in creative writing/reading for the past decade. Bahiyyih Nakhjavání's books, both fiction and non-fiction, have been translated into many languages. In 2007, she received an honorary doctorate from the University of Liège.
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