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    سحر دلیجانی

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    Sahar Delijani Born Occupation Language Nationality Citizenship Education Alma mater Notable works
    Sahar Delijani in 2013 in Italy
    1983 Tehran, Iran
    Farsi, English, Italian, French, Spanish, Azeri
    University of California, Berkeley
    Children of the Jacaranda Tree

    Sahar Delijani (Persian: سحر دلیجانی‎; born 1983) is an Iranian author. Her debut novel, Children of the Jacaranda Tree, has been published in more than 75 countries and translated into 28 languages.



    Sahar Delijani was born in Evin Prison in Tehran while both her parents were detained as political activists, fighting against the newly established Islamic regime. Delijani''s mother spent two years and a half in prison and her father four years. Her uncle, her father''s younger brother, however, was among thousands of political prisoners executed and buried in mass graves by the regime in 1988. Delijani, her older brother and her cousin were raised by her grandparents and aunt until their parents'' release. Much of this experience, inside and outside Evin Prison, serves as an inspiration for Delijani''s debut novel, which spans the decades from 1983 to 2011 and the Iranian Green Movement, when young Iranians once again take to the streets, set to make their own history.

    In 1996, at the age of 12, Delijani and her family moved to Northern California. In 2002 she attended University of California, Berkeley, earning a BA degree in Comparative Literature. Graduating in 2006, she moved with her husband, the Italian philosopher and semiotician Massimo Leone, to Turin, Italy where she has lived ever since. She is currently working on her second novel.

    Twice a Pushcart nominee, Delijani''s writing has appeared in several literary magazines and newspapers including Prick of the Spindle, The Battered Suitcase, Slice Magazine, Corriere della Sera and La Nazione.

    Recognition and reception

    Children of the Jacaranda Tree came to immediate international attention well before its publication at the 2012 London Book Fair as a multi country simultaneous auction started among different publishers, selling North American rights to Atria Publishing/Simon & Schuster; U.K. rights to Weidenfeld & Nicolson/Orion Publishing Group; and Italian rights to Rizzoli. The novel was released in June 2013 to positive reviews and was furthermore hailed by Khaled Hosseini, author of The Kite Runner, who calls it "a celebration of the human heart’s eternal yearning for freedom" and names it as one of his recommended books in the March 2013 newsletter of The Khaled Hosseini Foundation.Children of the Jacaranda Tree was among Kansas City Star''s Top books of 2013. In December 2012, Delijani was herladed by the Italian national newspaper, La Stampa, as one of the literary protagonists of 2013.

    Children of the Jacaranda Tree was a finalist for Elle''s Gran Premio 2014, a Women''s National Book Association''s Great Group Read 2014 selection., and CBS Local Best Book Club Picks for Fall 2014

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