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Pooneh Rohi

Pooneh Rohi was born in 1982 in Iran, but grew up in Stockholm. She is currently working on her doctorate in linguistics. Araben (The Arab) is her debut novel.

Excerpts from reviews:

“With her novel Araben (The Arab) Pooneh Rohi has achieved what many writers would give their right arm for: she has made me recognise myself in something I’ve never experienced.” (Svenska Dagbladet)

“Araben (The Arab) is a clever debut about existential loneliness. Departure and relocation. And about the difficulty of deciding which actions are expected by society and which are or our own choice.” (Sydsvenskan)

“Pooneh Rohi has possibly written this year’s most controversial novel. It successfully strives to give shape to the conflict between a specified group and personal identity which without a doubt is one of our times most important questions.” (Dagens Nyheter)

“Pooneh Rohi as eavesdropped on her contemporaries with a finely tuned instrument and created a painful and burdened story about the impossible quest to live and to be true to oneself and one’s surroundings.” (Kulturnytt, SR)

“The part about the young woman is stylistically strong and responsive and does more than to justify calling Rohi a strong debut author, but is in the portrayal of the dishevelled father that elevates the entire novel. The language becomes effortless, bolder and more playful without losing the psychological nuances in a heart-rendering portrayal of a proud man who has lost his sense of self and his footing in this protected little country of pretence that is Sweden in the new millennium.” (Norrköpings tidningar)

“Essentially Araben (The Arab) is about life as it is and about dreaming of something else. But also about regret and coming to terms, about taking responsibility for one’s choices and about choosing. No easy questions, so please write another book.” (GP)

“A strong and engaging debut. It is a poignant story about a country that only grows colder and where its middle-class grow more anxious.” (Arbetarbladet)

“This is one of the strongest literary debuts I’ve read in a long while. So confident in its depiction and so plentiful in its message. Nothing will be simple again after reading Araben (The Arab). But then it is perhaps time to cast the simple aside.” (Corren)

“Araben (The Arab) unavoidably makes one think of Albert Camus’ The Stranger. Just as The Stranger deals with existential questions where actions have life changing consequenes, Araben (The Arab) is about blind principles caused by pride and guilt that create yet more shame.” (Litteraturmagazinet)

“Araben (The Arab) is much more than literary mirror for young Swede-Iranians with political activism in recent history. It deals with Sweden and Swedish contemporaries.” (Flamman)

“The strength of the novel is that gives life to and expands the perception of the other, the stranger and also reaffirms what we already know; that the status of a human being lessens when he or she enters Sweden.” (Dala-Demokraten)

“It is an mournful story that Pooneh Rohi tells.” (Aftonbladet)

“Pooneh Rohi beautifully captures the sensation of the void between two worlds.” (Barometern)

Pooneh Rohi

Pooneh Rohi

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Sidansvarig: Jessica Glanzelius|Sidan uppdaterades: 2015-10-01

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