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Arts: Fiction and Fiction Writers: Iran
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The earliest experimentations in modern Persian prose and fiction took shape in the last third of the nineteenth century – by which time at least two distinct genres, the short story and the novel, had emerged in European fiction. Translations from European (especially French) novels were among the first significant steps toward introducing modern fiction to Iranian readership. Fictitious travelogues, didactic tales, and historical novels also constituted the early fictional prose of modern Pers…

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Nourbakhsh, Safoura, “Arts: Fiction and Fiction Writers: Iran”, in: Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures, General Editor Suad Joseph. Consulted online on 21 February 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-5309_ewic_EWICCOM_0289d>
First published online: 2009

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