Banoo and Her Youth
ISBN: 9789643626624
First print: 2009
Last print: 2013
Main language: Persian
Page count: 70
Publisher: Cheshmeh Publications
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Banoo and Her Youth

Banoo and Her Youth is a collection of six short stories by Nahid Tabatabai. These stories, all with feminine themes, focus on women’s take on old age, aging and even death and on how they come to terms with these concepts. In these stories the author masterfully makes use of the things we take for granted in our daily lives including home appliances, clothes, photo frames, closets, kitchens, porches, yards, stairs, crows, etc. to get her message across. 

Nightmare, the first story of the collection, centers on a middle-aged woman who has nightmares every night and is always woken up by her husband. One night when she’s enduring a recurring nightmare she waits for her husband to wake her up and put an end to her harrowing experience but that never happens and she eventually realizes that what she’s going through is not a nightmare: she is trapped unconscious under the rubble following an earthquake.  

Small Prisoner is the story of a woman’s feet pinched by a pair of very tight shoes. 

Stockings centers on a woman obsessed with collecting stockings which have now infested her house. 

Banoo and Her Youth, the title story of the collection, features a beautiful, aristocratic old woman who’s had a forced marriage and now her husband is sick in bed. She pulls out all dresses dating back to her youth days and thus revisits her life and the sufferings she’s endured.

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