Dash, Aylin
ISBN: 9789643116873
First print: 2007
Last print: 2014
Main language: Persian
Page count: 208
Publisher: Qoqnoos Publishing House
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Dash, Aylin

Dash, Aylin is a brief look into the life of a woman called Mehrangiz. The story begins with an all-female evening party in Mehrangiz’s home. For the women, theregular get-togethers that involve a lot of overturned coffee cups, serve as an escape from their monotonous lives. The author sprinkles her narrative of Mehrangiz’s daily life with flashbacks that reveal parts of her past. The reader soon discovers that Mehrangiz is infertile and that her relationship with her husband is on a downward course. Mehrangiz’s mother, who suffers from Alzheimer’s disease, spends her days as still as a statue and her sister, who has lost her husband and child in an accident, is severely depressed. Mehrangiz has taken both of them in and spends all of her time taking care of them. Her husband, who is a psychiatrist is exasperated with the condition at home and seeks solace in his female patients. One of Mehrangiz’s friends called Aylin frequents her husband’s office, claiming she wants to treat her depression. The ensuing relationship starts to affect Mehrangiz’s family life. Though distressed, Mehrangiz cannot find the strength to react. In the meantime, her brother, Fardin returns home from abroad, recovering from a failed marriage. Fardin tries to help Mehrangiz deal with the troubles at home. His presence, support, and sympathy are a source of great comfort. But this isn’t the end of the story

In her long story Dash, Aylin,MaahmonirKahbasi has managed to portray how middle class ennui engenders depression in Iranian women, depriving them of the means to change harmful situations

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