The Ministry of Guidance - And Other Stories BookThe Ministry of Guidance - And Other Stories Book

The Ministry of Guidance - And Other Stories Book

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Set mostly in Iran, but making forays to London, Mecca, Germany, and the transit area of a Ukrainian airport, the stories are brilliantly deft in summoning up the dilemmas of their protagonists, be they characters who are kicking against the confines of the society into which they are born, or characters wanting to embrace those confines.

These stories are snapshots of queer life in the Islamic Republic. Set in bedrooms and café’s, beaches and busses, London, a Ukrainian airport and Germany the books cover a range of places, emotionally, erotically and geographically.  Each crafted story, explores with careful delicate prose a predicament, focused through the lens of that character’s life, dreams, desires and the things in society which conspire to frustrate and deny them.  It’s not black and while, but a kaleidoscope of colourful imagery and words, giving us  a real feel of day to day life as an LGBTQ person in Iran.

Noor is a brave and acute observer of how the human spirit fights free of social repression in all its guises. These are stories that argue for nuance in a world that wants to make things black and white.

'An utterly original and compelling new voice'
Matt Bates

‘A strong original voice with unprecedented stories to tell’
Marina Warner

‘A remarkable collection: as insistently witty as it is serious; powerful and moving… a stunning contribution to contemporary queer fiction’
Honor Gavin

‘A fresh new voice exploring the queerness of sexuality, identity and desire with subtlety and authenticity’
Saleem Haddad

‘Elegant and subversive’
Nell Stevens

Author: Golnosh
Format: Paperback
Pages: 204
ISBN: 9781916129283

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