Parinoush Saniee
PARINOUSH SANIEE is a sociologist and psychologist. She worked as Manager of the research department in Supreme Coordination Council for Technical and Vocational Education Ministry in Iran. She has written several novels, of which SAHME MAN is the first; PEDAR-E AAN DIGARI is the second, both published to great acclaim in Iran and internationally. Her new novel DISHEVELLED GANG is ready.
The Father of the Other One





‘A beautiful metaphor of the censorship that dominates the country’ Cultura/s, La Vanguardia


‘”Una voz escondida” is many things but, above all, is a protest novel. (…) But it is also a story of daily life in Iran, where silence is safety. The boy’s mutism is also the mutism of whole nation.’ La Razón, Spain


‘Parinoush Saniee (…) pens this new novel where words left unsaid become a scream against ignorance, cruelty, and indifference.’ El Sol de México


‘In I HID MY VOICE the writer speaks of the fear that pervades Iran, hiding between the desire for truth and the political correctness demanded by political conservatism.’ La Vanguardia Spain


'The author's background can be sensed at every turn of the page, Saniee skilfully integrates concepts and theories about the psychology of the child and demonstrates how easy it is to cause, as parents, irremediable damages to a child, but also how easy it is not to cause them.. We can also find meaning through an allegory. Shahab is not only a child who confronts a difficulty, his muteness is in fact that of a nation terrorized by a harsh regime.. it's a word of warning.. Parinoush Saniee masters the art.' The Cultural Supplement, Romania


‘I would recommend this book to any parent as a compulsory reading, especially to those who have more than one child. I would recommend it to a father so he can better understand what happens in the soul of his child... The novel reveals two voices: Shahab and his mother; they bring to light the pain of the sensible and imaginative child, the pain of a mother who feels the truth and struggles with an absent father whose only desire is to work.The Sunday Journal, Romania


'Gripping... an agonising childhood in the Iran of the ayatollahs, with its revolutionary committees and moral police always lurking.'
Stavanger Aftenblad Norway


This is the story, based on fact, of a boy who couldn't speak till the age of 7. He is now 20 and describes the events of his life. Silence is often used by children as a way to protest. The child's physical disability creates a distance between him and others. His relationship with his father is particularly difficult. As he observes and compares his father's relationship with his older brother, he begins to believe that the 'good' and 'intelligent' children like his older brother are their fathers' sons. Children like him, who are 'clumsy' and 'problematic', are their mothers' sons. It is the love and understanding his grandmother gives him that finally gives him the courage to speak.


'A richly written novel with which Parinoush Saniee digs into the social texture of her country, Iran, and which, while telling the story of the struggles of a boy, portrays the life of women. Tight dialogue and a protagonist who becomes the symbol of hope in a better world.'
La Repubblica Italy


'HO NASCOSTO LA MIA VOCE is a new literary sensation. A child’s untold words become a scream against heartlessness and indifference.' Panorama Italy


'A voice as a metaphor for a country, Iran, where censorship rules.'
La Gazzetta di Mantova


‘In Parinoush Saniee’s novel, the atmosphere is poignant, dominated by Islamic tradition in several aspects: the woman's emancipation in the form of complicated lies and running away from home; lovers who hide in unhealthy places, far from the severe eye of the komita; the authoritarianism and the emotional censorship... the message is universal though: the negligence of emotional communication slowly fractures all Romania


‘A deeply moving book... Shahab’s understanding of his reality is extraordinary well written, with a child's special interpretation of adult actions. It becomes a beautiful portrait of a young boy who is paralysed by anxiety. What is good about this book is that no one is really good or bad. All are victims, of an oppressive system and of their own unconscious minds.’  Dagbladet Norway



Roozbahan Iran

Abacus/Little Brown UK

House of Anansi North America

Garzanti Italy

Font Forlag Norway

Polirom Romania

Janet 45 Bulgaria

Bertrand Brazil

Tericum Hungary

Bertrand Editora Portugal

Salamandra Spain

Sonia Draga Poland

Editions Robert Laffont France

AmboAnthos NL

ASP world Arabic

Material: UK, US/Canada, Spanish, Iranian, Norwegian, Romanian and Italian editions.


sahme man (THE BOOK OF FATE)
The Book of Fate




'This epic account of the life of Massoumeh, an Iranian woman, spans 50 years of repression, deprivation, abuse and misery, and opens a window on half a century of turbulent history. Banned twice in Iran, it's now one of the all-time bestselling books there: it's hard to imagine the impact such an uncompromising narrative must have had... Rarely can a novel have sustained such levels of emotion over so many gut-wrenching pages. Ultimately, it's a memorable and nuanced dissection of a patriarchal society.' The Guardian

‘Written with passion and anger from the inside, it's a compelling account of five decades of Iranian history, and of how awful the lives of women in an honour-based patriarchal society can be.’ Independent on Sunday

'Coming to us in the wake of a turbulent Arab Spring, the English translation of Parinoush Saniee's controversial debut novel uncovers essential human truths by foraging among some of the foundation stones of that unrest... The Book of Fate is a family saga that derives its power from the presentation of inarguable facts. It is also a story of love, friendship and endurance against overwhelming odds... this is a monumental achievement and has surely contributed to the book's banning in its native land and to its international acclaim. Books like this bring us the world, and are to be savoured.' The Irish Examiner

'Saniee gives a voice to all the Iranian women who are victims and prisoners of domestic violence, tradition and men's abuses... Saniee's women are contemporary heroines who fight to obtain civil rights even if that can cost them their lives.' Cultura, Italy

'Delightful and frank. A bold and sincere portrayal of injustices so masterful that no oppressive court can logically or openly ban its publication. Tyranny openly admissible in backward societies towards women and yet the overwhelming protection offered to men by the "current tradition" are articulated through fictional characters. From start to finish, it is a privation tale of Iranian women who will not give up and continue to strive for their rights.' Bokhara Magazine, Iran

'an ode to women, not just of Iran but of societies all over the world, who have had to struggle to get their basic rights.' Gulf News

This is a story of an Iranian girl who finds love on her way to school. When found out, she is forced into marriage to a political dissident during the last days of the Shah’s regime but is widowed soon after when her husband is executed at the hands of the new regime. When after 32 years her first love reappears, she is faced with indignation from her 3 grown up children, two of whom live abroad. Should she put her own feelings first or those of her children?

This is an extremely moving and powerful tale of women in Iran, beginning before the revolution of 1979 through the Islamic Republic to the present.Spanning five decades it tells the story of the changing fortunes of one family and in particular of Massoumeh, the daughter. Through the highs and lows, having children and finding work (and losing it again because of political change), the changing attitudes in Iran are vividly depicted through the characters. This is a window on recent Iranian history untainted by ‘western interpretation’ making it that much more fascinating and revealing.It is a story of strong women fighting for what they want against huge odds, a story of friendship and passion, of religious oppression but also of love for the country.

Though it was banned twice by the Iranian regime, it has now been reprinted over 20 times and is at the top of the best ever selling books in Iran. Already published to great acclaim and success in Italy where it won the Boccaccio prize for the best international book

‘It awakens our collective memories and brings back to life those we have long forgotten.’ Universe of Books, Iran

'The writer pushes through the personality of her characters through time and historical events that many storytellers often do not dare to mention.  Not content with tribulations during the revolution, she takes the fate of her heroine’s spouse through barbed wires and to today’s political slaughterhouse.’ Hemlock Magazine, Iran

'A sensation' from Iran' Dagbladet, Norway

'An important book' Aftenposten Norway

Uplifting, heartbreaking and sometimes harrowing, fans of authors such as Khaled Hosseini will savour this remarkable story by a writer set to break new ground in modern Iranian literature.’ Worcester News, UK

'The Book of Fate is a family saga with a cast of characters ranging from heroic to venal. Parinoush Saniee’s compelling tale (translated by Sara Khalili) is partly inspired by the work of Iran’s greatest female poet, Forough Farrokhzad, and by telling Massoumeh’s story, evokes the journey of one of the world’s oldest civilizations as it enters the twenty-first century.

Through many dramatic twists and turns, Saniee reveals the perils of idolatry, which so often leads to tyranny, whether in the domestic sphere or the nation state.' For Book's Sake, UK

‘The Book of Fate provides an interesting look into life for women in Iran, and the ongoing struggle against oppressive tradition.’ Dead Ink, UK

'Iranian author Parinoush Saniee's astounding first novel spans 50 years in the life of Massoumeh, from before, during and after Iran's 1979 revolution. With fantastic skill and sharp observations, Saniee paints an insightful picture of a young woman's tumultuous life in a male-dominated world of religion and traditions.' Sunday Sun


Roozbahan Iran

Abacus/Little Brown UK

Garzanti Italy

Font Forlag Norway

Gyldendal Denmark

Knaus Verlag Germany

Janet 45 Bulgaria

Polirom Romania

Salamandra Spanish rights

Artemis/AmboAnthos NL

ASP world Arabic

Laffont France

Alnari Serbia

Munhaksegye-Sa Korea

Corpus Russia

Shoshi Kankanbo Japan

Aras Publishing Kurdish rights

Sonia Draga Poland

Tericum Hungary

Martı Publishing Turkey

House of Anansi North America

Bertrand Editora Portugal

Tammi Finland

Bertrand Brazil

Qanun Azerbaijan

Bata Press Macedonia

Material: Iranian, English and many other editions (447pp).