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Azita Ghahreman

Negative of a Group Photograph

نگاتیو یک عکس دسته جمعی

Azita Ghahreman


Publication Date : 08 Oct 2018

ISBN: 9781780374369

Pages: 65
Size :216 x 138mm
Rights: World

Negative of a Group Photograph brings together three decades of poems by the leading Iranian poet Azita Ghahreman. Born in Mashhad in 1962 and based in Sweden since 2006, Ghahreman is the author of five highly acclaimed collections. Her poems are lyrical and intimate, addressing themes of loss, exile and female desire, as well as the changing face of her country.

Negative of a Group Photograph runs the gamut of Ghahreman’s experience: from her childhood in the Khorasan region of south-eastern Iran to her exile to Sweden, from Iran's book-burning years and the war in Iraq to her unexpected encounters with love.

The poems in this illuminating collection are brought to life in English by the poet Maura Dooley, working in collaboration with Elhum Shakerifar.

Farsi-English dual language edition

Co-published with the Poetry Translation Centre

The Poetry Translation Centre gives the best contemporary poems from Africa, Asia and Latin America a new life in the English language, working with diaspora communities for whom poetry is of great importance. By fostering creative collaborations between poets and translators, the PTC produces high-quality translations that extend the audience for international poetry.

'Negative of a Group Photograph... is an elusive, wily kind of animal.  Nevertheless, it's a joy to engage with, and has this reader wanting to return to it again and again.' - Dzifa Benson, Modern Poetry in Translation



Azita Ghahreman and Maura Dooley at the Mosaic Rooms

Azita Ghahreman gave several readings from Negative of a Group Photograph with Maura Dooley in October 2018 organised by The Poetry Translation Centre, and were joined by the book's "bridge translator" Elhum Shakerifar at the Mosaic Rooms in London on 11 October. This video includes a discussion of their translation process and extracts from some of the poems read in Farsi and in English translation.


Azita Ghahreman and Maura Dooley read from Negative of a Group Photograph at Manchester Literature Festival

This video shows an excerpt from the reading by Azita Ghahreman and Maura Dooley at Manchester Literature Festival on 8 October, with Azita Ghahreman reading the original poems in Farsi, and Maura Dooley reading in English and discussing their collaboration. The poems they read here are: ‘The Red Bicycle’ (Farsi first then English translation), followed by ‘Freedom’, ‘That Which I Once Was’, ‘Everywhere’, ‘Glaucoma’ and ‘Prison’ (these five in English translation first).




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