Thursdays at the Salon
ISBN: 9789640485903
First print: 2013
Last print:
Main language: Persian
Page count: 226
Publisher: Cheshmeh Publications
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Thursdays at the Salon

Tannaz is a young girl who has arrived in Tehran with her motherfrom a small town to study law. On their way to a suburban district to apply for university,the pair’s money is stolen. Tannaz’s mother had worked hard to earn the money her daughter needed and now, unable to pay the university fee, they have no choice but to return to Tehran. There, they decide to visit friends, an old and lonely couple, Mr and Mrs Torabi. Mrs Torabi wants Tannaz to stay and pleads with her mother to give permission. Soon, she finds Tannaz a job in a beauty salon. Mr Torabi, who suffers from an incurable disease, is on the verge of death. His only wish is to experience youthful pleasure one last time before his death. The young girl’s presence provides him with the perfect opportunity. Mr Torabitells Tannaz he is prepared to pay for anything she needs if she agrees to marry him temporarily. For Tannaz, the tempting offer presents a moral dilemma.

In her book,Thursdays at the Salon, MalihehSabbaghianuses one of the most controversial social topics of modern-day Iran, namely temporary marriage, as her central theme. The book’s chapters deal alternately with events at Tannaz’s home and workplace. In the beauty salon, the women’s endless stories serve as Tannaz’s escape from the unpleasant situation at home. The parallel narratives have made this smoothly written, urban novel a gratifying read.

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