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.
Azita Ghahreman and Maura Dooley read from Negative of a Group Photograph at Manchester Literature Festival
Azita Ghahreman gave several readings from Negative of a Group Photograph with Maura Dooley in October 2018 organised by The Poetry Translation Centre. This video shows an excerpt from their event 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).