*Longlisted for the Man Booker International Prize 2020*
*Shortlisted for the Stella Prize 2018*
*Shortlisted for The University of Queensland Fiction Book Award 2018*
*Shortlisted for the 2020 Adelaide Festival Awards for Literature*
An extraordinarily powerful and evocative literary novel set in Iran in the period immediately after the Islamic Revolution in 1979. Using the lyrical magic realism style of classical Persian storytelling, Azar draws the reader deep into the heart of a family caught in the maelstrom of post-revolutionary chaos and brutality that sweeps across an ancient land and its people.
The Enlightenment of the Greengage Tree is really an embodiment of Iranian life in constant oscillation, struggle, and play between four opposing poles: life and death; politics and religion. The sorrow residing in the depths of our joy is the product of a life between these four poles.