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Tiba Bonyad

Sandymount via Iran

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Where are you from?

What are you reading right now?

Burnt Sugar by Avni Doshi.

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It is the story of non-normative motherhood in India, and the emotional journey of a mother and her daughter, from the daughter's perspective.

What is your favourite book of all time?

The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood.

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It is about the exploitation of female bodies in a dystopian society.

What book do you remember most from childhood?

Matilda by Roald Dahl.

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It is about a smart girl with the superpower of psychokinesis, who is mistreated by her parents. But she can find emancipation through her friendship with her teacher and her own talent.

Which of your books is battered from using over and over again?

The Divan of Hafez by Hafez.

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It is a Persian classic poetry book.

What is your favourite book by an international author?

Alice by Judith Hermann.

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It is a collection of short stories about loss, bereavement and death.

What book do you feel depicts your own or another culture most vividly?

Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi.

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It is an autobiographical novel about the life of a woman under the authoritarian state of Iran and her forced departure to Europe.

Is there a book that changed your mind/perspective about something?

Living a Feminist Life by Sara Ahmed.

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This book opens one's horizon towards an empirical form of feminism. It is an invitation to feminism in every aspects of life rather than pure theory.


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