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A Night with Abbas Maroufi at Stanford University

Source: Persian Student Association at Stanford University (PSA)

PSA is very proud to host "A Night with Abbas Maroufi, Author of the Symphony of the Dead". Join us as the renowned Iranian author, Abbas Maroufi, gives a talk about his books and introduces his new works. We will also have a book signing session, so, don't miss this unique opportunity! The talk will be in Farsi. The event will be on Monday April 23rd at 7pm in Stanford's School of Education (Cubberly Building) in Room EDUC 128 . The school of Education is next to the clock tower at the intersection of Escondido Mall and Lasuen Mall. Park either on the main Oval, or the Memorial Lot just north of the Memorial Hall on Memorial Way, or South of the campus union at Mayfield Ave. Please refer to the following map. So, in summary:

What: A night with Abbas Maroufi
When: Monday April 23rd, at 7pm
Where : EDUC 128, Map

Symphony of the Dead

A contemporary version of the Cain and Abel story, this novel was greeted with widespread praise when it was first published in Iran in 1989. Set in the northern town of Ardabil in the aftermath of the Second World War, the story begins as Urhan Urkhani, a prominent citizen of the town, sets out to find his brother in a midwinter snowstorm. Over the course of that day-long search, the entire history of the family is revealed in four symphony-like movements. Told through the rotating viewpoints of the family patriarch and each of his four children, the family's misfortunes become the mirror of a paternalistic and oppressive society that pits brother against brother, encourages a father to denounce a son and burn his poems, forces a daughter to remain in an unhappy marriage, and abandons the last child to a mysterious hidden existence.

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About: The Persian Student Association (PSA) is a non-political voluntary student organization whose objective is to sponsor Persian social and cultural activities and events, to promote an understanding of Persian culture, to help foster friendship among different cultural groups, and to provide a source of union and support for the Persian community at Stanford.


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