Khomeini, Sade and Me

By Abnousse Shalmani

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As a young girl, Abnousse Shalmani does not behave as good Iranian girls should; she refuses to be veiled. She is frank, provocative, intelligent, and lively. When her family goes into exile in Paris, she quickly discovers that Paris cannot provide the freedom she longed for. With the publication of Salman Rushdie’s Satanic Verses, Islam becomes a hot topic in France and again she is faced with such issues as wearing the hijab. This time, empowered by French literature, Shalmani…
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Literary novel




Charlotte Coombe



Original Title

Khomeiny, Sade et moi

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‘Khomeini, Sade and Me is pure combat literature which, in the name of enlightenment and joy, overthrows old moral dictates with big, bold laughter and decisively places the female body at the heart of public space.’—Le Monde

‘Beautiful and powerful. The style of writing, by turns modern and classic, will strongly appeal to literature lovers. Indeed, anyone who is astonished at the status of women in Islam (and within religion in general) should read this fictionalized memoir immediately.’—Parutions

About the author

Abnousse Shalmani

Abnousse Shalmani was born in Tehran in 1977. Her family went into exile in Paris in 1985 where she studied history and became a journalist and short-film maker.With the memoir Khomeini, Sade and Me, her first book, she returned to her first great love: literature. Khomeini,Sade and Me was originally published in French and has also been translated into Italian and Dutch. Photo: © JF Paga - Grasset