Julia Alvarez’s “In the Age of Butterflies” published in Persian
TEHRAN – The historical fiction novel by Dominican-American author Julia Alvarez “In the Age of Butterflies” was published by the Nashre Khub publishing house in Tehran.
Translated into Persian by Hassan Mortazavi, the novel described as “a magnificent treasure for all cultures and all times” by the St. Petersburg Times is a story of resistance, endurance, self-sacrifice, love and struggle. against oppression.
On November 25, 1960, a local official newspaper reported the deaths of three sisters found near their Jeep wreck at the foot of a cliff on the north coast of the Dominican Republic.
The deaths were reported as accidental with no mention of the victims’ fourth sister despite the sisters being among the main opponents of General Rafael Leonidas Trujillo’s dictatorship.
The novel is about the voices of the deceased sisters Minerva, Patria and Maria Teresa of the Mirabal family, as well as their surviving sister Dede, recounting their secrets and personal lives as well as their daily horrors during Trujillo’s reign.
Alvarez calls them martyred butterflies in an artistic and magical narration of courage and love while lamenting the loss of life left by political oppression.
From the perspective of the sole survivor of the family, Alvarez uses a variety of storytelling methods to tell the shocking story of a family that suffered greatly under the tyranny of Trujillo, describing the glorious work of “butterflies.”
To honor the three Mirabal sisters, the United Nations General Assembly has designated November 25 as the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women.
Alvarez’s novel, with a sad but epic tale, describes an unequal struggle; a description of the sacrifice and the miserable life of the sisters; a love story a thousand times more powerful than a bullet; and most importantly, the resistance of ordinary people who will sacrifice anything for their freedom and dignity.
Photo: Cover of the Persian translation of Julia Alvarez’s historical fiction novel “In the Age of Butterflies”.
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