Pari Mansouri, Iranian, writer and translator, was born in Tehran, Iran in 1936. She studied at the Tehran University and has a BA in English literature, and an MA in Social Sciences.
She was a teacher of English language for 20 years until 1975, when she asked for early retirement and a year later she moved to England with her husband and children.
She has translated and published 10 books by such writers as André Maurois, E. Nesbit, Jules Verne, George Eliot and Ivan Turgenev.
Several of her short stories and translations of other writers' works, have been published in Persian journals, both in Iran and abroad. She received two awards for the best translated book of the year (Madame Curie) in 1963. Her latest translation published in 2005 is "Days of our Lives", a novel by Manilo Argetta.
Among her own published works are her novel, "Above and Beyond Love", and two books of short stories called "Entertainment in Exile" and "No, I Was Not Dreaming". Her latest book due for publication is "The Hidden Wound".
The English version of her short stories, "The Glass Marbles" and "Anxieties from Across
the Water" (both from the book: Entertainment in Exile)
have been published in the following books:
"The Glass Marbles" has also been published in 2004 by the Ministry of Education's National Book Foundation, Islamabad, Pakistan; in 'A Textbook of English', for class XI pupils.
"...Pari Mansouri writes with great eloquence and that is the reason
why her stories are so gratifying. It is certain that it is not an easy task
to write with such fluency. The portrayal of the different moments of life,
and the ability to communicate this with the reader in the simplest way, with
the aid of uncomplicated yet precise language, is much easier said than done.
In this day and age, when it is fashionable to write in an obscure and complex
way it is rare to find such narration and hence, her stories become even more
...In every paragraph of each story, there is a delicate sadness mixed with pure emotion and feminine feelings, and this sorrow feeds on the everyday life in exile, being far from the land to which we all long to return..."
Kayhan International Newspaper; 30th April 1998
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Pari Mansouri's works to date include:
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