Sholeh Rezazadeh came to live in The Netherlands in 2015. Before that she lived in Iran, where she was born and where she published several short story collections in Persian. She is a versatile talent: she writes poetry en prose, in both Persian ánd Dutch. Her rise in Dutch literature has not gone by unnoticed. She won the El Hizjra Prize in 2019.
Her first novel (in Dutch) is called De hemel is altijd paars (‘The Sky is Always Purple’). The book tells the story of the young Persian woman Arghavan, who has recently moved to Amsterdam. There she works in a thrift store, and she meets a rich cast of characters. Take the old man, who ‘records’ the sounds of the trees or the deaf girl Anna. She also meets Mees, a Dutch musician, with whom she falls in love. Her novel is a book about longing: longing for what has been, for what is and for what may come down the line.
Sholeh Rezazadeh is an Iranian writer who lives and works in The Netherlands. Her work has been lauded with several prizes.
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