Song of a Captive Bird: A Novel

Written by:
Narrated by:
Mozhan MarnĂ²

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
February 2018
10 hours 52 minutes
LOS ANGELES TIMES BESTSELLER • A spellbinding debut novel about the trailblazing Iranian poet Forugh Farrokhzad, who defied society’s expectations to find her voice and her destiny

“A complex and beautiful rendering of [a] vanished country and its scattered people, a reminder of the power and purpose of art, and an ode to female creativity under a patriarchy that repeatedly tries to snuff it out.”—The New York Times Book Review (Editors’ Choice)

All through her childhood in Tehran, Forugh Farrokhzad is told that Persian daughters should be quiet and modest. She is taught only to obey, but she always finds ways to rebel—gossiping with her sister among the fragrant roses of her mother’s walled garden, venturing to the forbidden rooftop to roughhouse with her three brothers, writing poems to impress her strict, disapproving father, and sneaking out to flirt with a teenage paramour over café glacé. During the summer of 1950, Forugh’s passion for poetry takes flight—and tradition seeks to clip her wings.

Forced into a suffocating marriage, Forugh runs away and falls into an affair that fuels her desire to write and to achieve freedom and independence. Forugh’s poems are considered both scandalous and brilliant; she is heralded by some as a national treasure, vilified by others as a demon influenced by the West. She perseveres, finding love with a notorious filmmaker and living by her own rules—at enormous cost. But the power of her writing only grows stronger amid the upheaval of the Iranian revolution.

Inspired by Forugh Farrokhzad’s verse, letters, films, and interviews—and including original translations of her poems—this haunting novel uses the lens of fiction to capture the tenacity, spirit, and conflicting desires of a brave woman who represents the birth of feminism in Iran—and who continues to inspire generations of women around the world.

Praise for Song of a Captive Bird

“If poetry is emotion rendered incendiary, then Forugh Farrokhzad was made of fire. . . . Song of a Captive Bird is an unsparing account of the necessity and consequences of speaking out.”—BookPage

“Sometimes, simply choosing whom to love is a political act.”—Vogue 

“Forugh Farrokhzad’s short life brimmed with controversy and rebellion . . . .This feminist icon inspired Darznik’s imaginative debut.”—Ms.
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Cynthia B.

Once again I am eternally grateful to have been born and American girl in this time. It is only through reading of history and other cultures we can arrive at this conclusion with deep empathy and the realization of just how lucky we are. This is a beautifully told story of a girl growing up in Iran before the revolution. She dared to have dreams and ideas that were different than her fathers. This was her mortal sin. It isn't until the conclusion that the fiction/nonfiction aspect is revealed. (But, don't flip forward. It will spoil the story for you) My book club partners who read the hard copy said it was well written and an easy read. The narrator on Audiobook was very good. Her inflections and hint of an accent added to the authenticity. I would recommend this to everyone who likes a real story that doesn't need a fairytale ending.

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