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4.4. Ketabhaneh88: the online queer book fair of Iran

friend, and how this chance meeting completely altered his perspective: “Elham, now I can understand those words which you

vitalise by blowing your spirit into them … I feel it … I understand it” (Unknown Author 2010).

Mahi was impressed by the fact that one of Malekpour’s books, Jamaica is Also a Country, had successfully gained a publishing

permit from the Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance. This permission was probably granted because the book’s multiple meanings are extremely veiled and, as the above testimo-

nies highlight, are not easily understood, even by the target

audience. In this book, Malekpour “puts forward the image of a young poet who doesn’t want to stay confined by the usual for-

mat of text … and this attempt at escape … has led to incomplete images that sometimes come in order and sometimes follow no logical relation to each other” (Mahi 2011).

janan mirzadeh

// In a review for Radio Zamaneh, Morteza Sh refers to Janan

Mirzadeh’s book Pirhan-e Rangrazan as being the first Persian

homosexual novel (Sh, 2010). He goes on to say that by homo-

sexual he doesn’t mean that the book is about homosexuality: “Like any other novel [Pirhan-e Rangrazan] is about humans,

human relationships and mental and emotional challenges, or in one word it is about life; but from a homosexual perspective” (Sh

2010). An interesting point that Sh makes about Iranian readers is that they tend to consider the characteristics of the author

and of the main character to be one and the same. Sh claims,

“This approach gives a more concrete image of a homosexual’s

life and helps the unfamiliar reader to better understand homosexuality”.

LGBT Republic of Iran: An Online Reality?  

A Small Media report revealing how Iran’s LGBT communities use global communicationstechnology in their everyday lives.

LGBT Republic of Iran: An Online Reality?  

A Small Media report revealing how Iran’s LGBT communities use global communicationstechnology in their everyday lives.

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