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Nostalgie, temps et espace dans La maison de Shemiran de Goli Taraghi

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After the Islamic Revolution of Iran in 1979, a wave of political refugees and intellectuals immigrated to France. Among the intelligentsia, writers continued to write despite the practical and emotional difficulties of exile. Three decades later, some authors, such as Goli Taraghi, gradually developed a French-Persian hybrid literature, which closely interweaves the history and culture of both countries. Their stories put in perspective a deep understanding of time and space, past and present in terms of nostalgia and melancholy of the early years. In La maison de Shemiran, Goli Taraghi reveals a painful, intimate and sometimes humorous period of her life in exile and her childhood memories. Her story is the a posteriori result of this experience, which however deeply penetrates the psychological mechanism that operates the inner self as a mutative agent of identitary metamorphosis. By studying this work, we will take a look at the intrinsic relationship between nostalgia caused by the situation of exile and its impact on the perception of time and space. We are dealing here with an individual experience, which nevertheless reflects a painful and transitional phase, also known by other artists in exile.


Nostalgia French–Persian literature Goli Taraghi Exile Bergson Time Space 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.French DepartmentLeiden UniversityLeidenThe Netherlands

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