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Ebook The Bathhouse by Farnoosh Moshiri read! Book Title: The Bathhouse
The author of the book: Farnoosh Moshiri
Edition: Blackstone Audiobooks
Date of issue: October 1st 2007
ISBN: 143321105X
ISBN 13: 9781433211058
Language: English
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This was an amazing book. I could not put it down. I had to finish it. The raw brutality of this narrative wrenched me and the quick pacing kept me on edge. I actually really enjoy Iranian literature and am always looking for something that speaks to the troubles that riddle that area of the world- especially the gender prejudice and I felt like this book not only gave voice to that, but also to the zeal of religious fundamentalism in a very honest, straightforward narrative. We see the loss of innocence personally of the unnamed narrator, but also the collective loss of innocence of a people.

When I finished the book, the first thing that struck me was the opening and closing. Not the first chapter, but the opening of the survival story. The narrator is gushing blood out of her and frantic to stop the flow and “clean” herself. As she is being initiated into the reality of the oppressive regime in control of the torture sessions, the blood flows like a river from her. Right before she is given pads to stop the flow she passes out as she is in the midst of cleaning her own blood off the floor. She describes the blood river as a “…baby slipping out of [her] on the floor of the female guards’ room…it was sliding out of [her]with an endless stream of blood. Then [she]thought [she] would lie down here and get some sleep close to [her] bloody child” (Moshiri 19). The analogy to the blood as a child brings to mind the idea of the blood as representative of the narrator’s innocence or childhood. This idea formed more for me when in the closing scene the narrator lies down in her own blood again. I felt like this was cyclical. The first blood was her initiation and the second was symbolic of her adulthood and sacrifice and she is bathed in it both times. I thought it was also powerful that there is the reference to the children laughing while the narrator is sitting in her blood. Maybe this is indicative of the children’s eventual loss of innocence when the narrator gives voice to her experiences? Not sure, but I feel it is important.

The other thing that struck me was the narrator’s lack of name. This is significant if you look at the narrator as a collective mirror for all of the women that suffer under the oppressive regime. This also made me think the narrator may be representative of Moshiri who collected all of the stories of the survivors when writing this novel. This helps qualify the novel as literature of witness. The narrator bears witness to the atrocities everyone experienced, including Nahid who voiced the wish to be the witness. As a reader, the end leaves you wondering whether the narrator will tell the story but her looking up at the moon and the stars seems to indicate that path.

This novel is unapologetic in its prose. It is an intimate view of the oppression the Iranian people have been subjected to for decades. It is a must for people who strive to be culturally literate citizens!

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Ebook The Bathhouse read Online! Iranian born writer Farnoosh Moshiri has published plays, short stories, and translations in Iranian literary magazines before the 1979 revolution and in anthologies published outside Iran in the 1980s. In 1983, she fled her country after a massive arrest of secular intellectuals, feminists, and political activists. She lived in refugee camps of Afghanistan and India for four years before emigrating to the U.S. in 1987.

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