Nahid Rachlin / Apr 09, 2020

Foreigner Nahid Rachlin has an intimate insider s knowledge of present day everyday Iran of people and places houses streets and families and she writes of them with a clarity of perception and style that ma

  • Title: Foreigner
  • Author: Nahid Rachlin
  • ISBN: 9780393319088
  • Page: 226
  • Format: Paperback
  • Nahid Rachlin has an intimate insider s knowledge of present day everyday Iran of people and places, houses, streets, and families and she writes of them with a clarity of perception and style that makes them instantly recognizable and even homely and familiar to the reader Ruth Prawer Jhabvala Rachlin s prose carefully understates and suggests her heroine s awak Nahid Rachlin has an intimate insider s knowledge of present day everyday Iran of people and places, houses, streets, and families and she writes of them with a clarity of perception and style that makes them instantly recognizable and even homely and familiar to the reader Ruth Prawer Jhabvala Rachlin s prose carefully understates and suggests her heroine s awakening to a pervasive atmosphere of menace and sensuality residue of a culture she thinks she has abandoned, but which continues to claim her Bruce Allen, Chicago Tribune Foreigner gently raises new as well as timeless questions about an unhappy woman s faith and freedom The New Yorker Conveys the texture of extended family, the stress of modernization, the strain of Moslem rigidity as well as the harmony of nature, of dust and carpets, fruits, sweets, tea, fine rice and gossip Always gossip Eden Lipson, Special Edition, WNET Thirteen

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      • Nahid Rachlin

        Books by Nahid Rachlin Nahid Rachlin e Nahid Rachlin went to Columbia University Writing Program on a Doubleday Columbia Fellowship and then went on to Stanford University MFA program on a Stegner Fellowship Her publications include a memoir, PERSIAN GIRLS Penguin , four novels, JUMPING OVER FIRE City Lights , FOREIGNER W.W Norton , MARRIED TO A STRANGER E.P.Dutton Penguin , THE HEART S DESIRE City Lights , and a collection of short stories, VEILS City Lights CROWD OF SORROWS, Kindle Singles You can listen to my reading of three flash fiction stories at soundcloud roommagazine tHer individual short stories have appeared in than fifty magazines, including The Virginia Quarterly Review, Prairie Schooner, Redbook, Shenandoah One of her stories was adopted by Symphony Space, Selected Shorts, and was aired on NPR s around the country and two stories were nominated for Pushcart Prize Her work has received favorable reviews in major magazines and newspapers and translated into Portuguese, Polish, Italian, Dutch, German, Arabic, and Persian She has been interviewed in NPR stations such as All Things Considered Terry Gross , PW magazine, Writers Chronicle She has written reviews and essays for New York Times, Newsday, Washington Post and Los Angeles Times Other grants and awards she has received include the Bennet Cerf Award, PEN Syndicated Fiction Project Award, and a National Endowment for the Arts grant She has taught creative writing at Barnard College, Yale University and at a wide variety of writers conferences, including Paris Writers Conference, Geneva Writers Conference, and Yale Writers Conference She has been judge for several fiction awards and competitions, among them, Grace Paley Prize in Short Fiction 2015 sponsored by AWP, Maureen Egen Writers Exchange Award sponsored by Poets Writers, Katherine Anne Porter Fiction Prize, University of Maryland, English Dept, Teichmann Fiction Prize, Barnard College, English Dept For please click on her website website nahidrachlin


    1. Every book I've read by Nahid Rachlin (and as one of her editors, I've even read a couple books yet to be published) transports me completely. I don't know if all these years of reading and editing and analyzing manuscripts has made it more difficult for me to be transported by fiction. Perhaps. But with Nahid Rachlin, I know that it's due to the sheer beauty of her prose, the coolness, the clarity of her craftsmanship, the understated emotions, and her spectacular eye for detail. The pomegranat [...]

    2. The story of a westernized Iranian woman and how a trip back to Iran evokes such a powerful pull on her that it is as if she had never left.This was so evocative that I fully identified with the woman and understood her state of mind and her ultimate choice.

    3. The struggle of cultures and one's identity within those cultures plays the central canvas for this story of an Iranian woman educated in the US and married to an American. What did influence my overall impression of the book was that it was written in the late 70s when the restrictions on women were not as rigid as they are now under fundamentalist Muslim rule. Would this have changed Feri's decision to return to her homeland?

    4. This narrative is compelling and I read the book several times. We tend to think of Iranian women's lives as more limited than western womens' and in many ways they are, especially since the Khomeini regime. This book precedes that time however, so the protagonist, who returns to visit family after living in the U.S has more options and returns to a society that has not reverted to such harsh fundamentalism though it is indeed sexist. Because the differences are not so stark in this story, we ca [...]

    5. An Iranian woman Feri returns back home to visit her family after a fourteen year absence - she has made a new life for herself in the US where she attended college/graduate school and married an American. She is initially in a state of reverse culture shock to be back in her native land and starts to pursue returning back to the US early but events outside her control cause her to remain. She appears to be a woman who oscillates between two worlds and initially doesn't quite fit in either. This [...]

    6. This was an engaging and quick read. I found the main struggle to be about alienation and disappointment in relationships and work, with the clash of cultures exacerbating the protagonist's stress. Feri's decision was not surprising, as her need to resolve her childhood trauma was foundational to self-discovery and moving forward with her life.

    7. An Iran-born biologist visits her family in Iran after many years of absence. The plight of women in a slow-to-change male-dominated society comes under scrutiny, as she searches for her mother, long-divorced from her father. In the process she questions her marriage to an American and her work, and struggles with the dilemma of not being able to get an exit visa to return to the US without written permission from her husband.

    8. This was my first look into N. Rachlin's novels and I found myself quite caught up in the book. It's a short book and the story tends to pull the reader along so as to make it a quick read. I found the story much simpler than her more recent novel, Jumping Over Fire, and with less depth. There was more emphasis on the movement of the story as opposed to details about the places the characters visited or deeper inquiry into the day to day lives of each character. However, this did not detract fro [...]

    9. This is a wonderful book and a pleasure to read. I love this story and I regret that I met Nahid only recently on , we could have been old friends by now FOREIGNER describes what most of the world population has been through, as human beings have always migrated since the dawn of civilization and will continue to do so. The clash of cultures and the problems of adaptation are well described in this book. The Islamic regime prides itself in having pushed the country back for centuries and to the [...]

    10. I flew through this short read and overall was not very impressed with the character development. Perhaps because it was a novella, the author intentionally didn't spend too much time on the details. There were a few moments in the story where the author almost too casually mentions events that are jarring and require more explanation (for example, the reason for the awkward relationship between Feri and her brother or the moments of distance between Tony and her). Overall, I think the story jus [...]

    11. i must admit i picked this book because it was short but i think that that was the problem– it was TOO short! Again, beautifully written but i found it to be way too rushed and i never did feel much for the main character (Fari– an Iranian woman who had moved to America and returns home for a visit and “finds” herself). I wanted to know more but then the book ended. Rachlin’s Persian Girls is a way better read if you want to read about life for women in Iran.

    12. An Iranian woman who was educated in the US, and who has married an American, travels back to Iran to visit her family after a 14 year absence.The first time I read this, I read from cover to cover in one sitting. I found it very engaging and at times painfully touching. It is quite short- I think I will read it again one day.

    13. Evocative and quite beautifully written. The narrator is sleep-walking through her life for most of the novel, and there is a dreamlike quality to the author's writing. I just wish there hadn't been the good-mother, weak-father, cold-stepmother family set-up; it felt a little clichéd. I learned a lot about Iranian culture through reading this novel.

    14. For decades now, Nahid Rachlin has been tirelessly reliving her Persian origins through a series of highly readable novels. Foreigner is one of her best, a close and nostalgic look at a rich tapestry of family and Muslim tradition up against a changing world.

    15. I wish I'd read it when it first came out. It might have hastened my understanding of women and islam. A clear, tough, well crafted book about the challenge of living outside one's culture.

    16. The author has very beautifully handled the sensibilities of the protagonist in the novel.I enjoyed reading the book.

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