Poupeh Missaghi: Trans(re)lating House One

WED, FEB 12, 2020

Author Poupeh Missaghi in discussion with Sheida Dayani regarding her new book “Trans(re)lating House One.”

Her book covers the aftermath of Iran’s 2009 election, as a woman undertakes a search for the statues disappearing from Tehran’s public spaces. A chance meeting alters her trajectory, and the space between fiction and reality narrows. As she circles the city’s points of connection–teahouses, buses, galleries, hookah bars–her many questions are distilled into one: How do we translate loss into language?

Image: Book Cover

+ BIO: Poupeh Missaghi

Poupeh Missaghi is a writer, a translator both into and out of Persian, Asymptote’s Iran editor-at-large, and an educator. She holds a PhD in English and creative writing from the University of Denver and an MA in creative writing from Johns Hopkins University. Her nonfiction, fiction, and translations have appeared in numerous journals, and she has several books of translation published in Iran.

+ BIO: Sheida Dayani

Sheida Dayani is a poet and Preceptor in Persian at Harvard University, where she teaches Persian language and literature, and Iranian theatre. Sheida received her PhD in 2018 from NYU.

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