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Fariba Hachtroudi

Fariba Hachtroudi was born in 1951 in Tehran to a family of scholars and professors. After completing her doctorate in art and archeology in Paris in 1978, she began writing denouncements of Khomeynism in her native Iran. In 1985, in order to understand the daily life of her compatriots, Fariba traveled clandestinely to Iran by way of the desert of Baluchistan. L’exilée, Hachtroudi’s first book, describes her haunting journey.

In 1995, she founded MoHa, an association focusing on education and secularism within the framework of women’s rights and democracy. 

Hachtroudi's novels include Iran, les rives du sang (éditions du Seuil, 2000), which won the Prix littéraire des Droits de l’homme (Literary Prize for Human rights), and her latest, The Man Who Snapped His Fingers, translated by Alison Anderson, will be published by Europa Editions in 2016.

The Man Who Snapped His Fingers

(Europa Edition, 2016, Translated by Alison Anderson)

She was known as "Bait 455," the most famous prisoner in a ruthless theological republic. He was one of the colonels closest to the Supreme Commander. When they meet, years later, far from their country of birth, a strange, equivocal relationship develops between them. Both their shared past of suffering and old romantic passions come rushing back accompanied by recollections of the perverse logic of violence that dominated the dicatorship under which they lived.

The Man Who Snapped His Fingers is a novel of ideas, exploring power and memory by an important female writer from a part of the world where female voices are routinely silenced.

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