Song of a Captive Bird

Song of a Captive Bird


A spellbinding debut novel about the trailblazing poet Forugh Farrokhzhad, who defied Iranian society to find her voice and her destiny

“Remember the flight, for the bird is mortal.”—Forugh Farrokhzad

All through her childhood in Tehran, Forugh is told that Iranian 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. It’s during the summer of 1950 that Forugh’s passion for poetry really takes flight—and that 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 grows only 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—Jasmin Darznik has written a haunting novel, using 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.

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  • Brina

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  • Elyse

    Audiobook....narrated by Mozhan Marno 5++++stars!!!!!LOVED IT! ABSOLUTELY MESMERIZING!!!GORGEOUS PROSE!!!BEAUTIFUL NOVEL!!! ......Historical Fiction doesn’t get much better!!! ......this is a fascin...

  • Liz

    Iran in the mid 20th century was not a fun place to be a woman. A girl’s education stopped when she was fourteen. A lack of virginal blood on a wedding night could send a bride into banishment. And ...

  • Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader

    5 brilliant masterpiece stars to Song of a Captive Bird! 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟 Happy Publication Week to Song of a Captive Bird - available now!The author of Song of a Captive Bird, Jasmin Darznik,...

  • Fiona

    4.5 stars.Forugh Farrokhzad, known simply as Forugh, died in Iran 50 years ago aged 32. Her poetry was banned in Iran in 1979 and her grave is a place of pilgrimage still. At great personal cost, she ...

  • Nikki (Saturday Nite Reader)

    3.5 starsIn Song of a Captive Bird (a beautiful and perfect title), author Jasmin Darznik is the voice for Iranian poet, Forugh Farrokhzad. Forugh - an influential poet of the 20th century - was notor...

  • sylvie

    I'd like to thank Jasmin Darznik for her honest description of an Iran we do not often hear about, the Shah's modern Iran. It's restrictions, brutality.Forough Farrokhsad grew up in the Shah's Iran. O...

  • Xiomara Canizales

    The story of this book is based on the life of the Irani poet Forugh Farrokhzad.Since poetry is not a genre I have any knowledge nor is Iran history I have no idea who this person was.My main problem ...

  • Colleen

    4 StarsARC provided by Ballatine Books via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.This review contains minor spoilers concerning differences between known facts and fiction.Song of a Captive Bird ...

  • Simone

    I absolutely adored this book and even though it’s 416 pages, I finished it in a day and a half. The story follows loosely the real life of an Iranian poet named Forough Farrokhzad. She was a rebel ...