Transnation and Transgeneration in Zoya Pirzad’s We’ll Get Used to It (‘Âdat Mikonim)

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  • 1 Shiraz University fpourgiv@rose.shirazu.ac.ir
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Abstract

In her novels, acclaimed Armenian Iranian novelist Zoya Pirzad engages her characters in transgenerational and transnational conflict in their interaction with each other. In her last novel, We’ll Get Used to It (‘Âdat Mikonim), a household of three women, consisting of a widowed grandmother, a divorcee mother and a daughter, is presented, and the absentee father, who lives in France, pulls the strings of the young daughter to gain control. The novel represents the conflict of three generations, two decades after the 1979 revolution. This article examines the ways this fictional representation of transgenerational and transnational conflict reflects and throws light on the nature of everyday life in contemporary Iran, thus contributing to anthropological knowledge and analysis of Iran and the complexities of its diverse communities.

Contributor Notes

Farideh Pourgiv is Professor Emerita of English Literature at the Faculty of Literature and Humanities, Shiraz University, and editor of the Persian Literary Studies Journal. E-mail: fpourgiv@rose.shirazu.ac.ir

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