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The Enlightenment of the Greengage Tree Audiobook
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The Enlightenment of the Greengage Tree Audiobook



by Shokoofeh Azar

  • Narrated by: Priya Ayyar
  • Length: 8 hrs and 20 mins
  • Release date: 02-25-20
  • Language: English


Set in Iran in the decade following the 1979 Islamic Revolution, this moving, richly imagined novel is narrated by the ghost of Bahar, a 13-year-old girl, whose family is compelled to flee their home in Tehran for a new life in a small village, hoping in this way to preserve both their intellectual freedom and their lives. But they soon find themselves caught up in the post-revolutionary chaos that sweeps across their ancient land. Bahar’s mother, after a tragic loss, embarks on a long, eventful journey in search of meaning in a world swept up in the post-revolutionary madness. 

Told from the wise yet innocent gaze of a young girl, The Enlightenment of the Greengage Tree speaks of the power of imagination when confronted with cruelty and of our human need to make sense of trauma through the ritual of storytelling itself. Through her unforgettable characters, Azar weaves a timely and timeless story that juxtaposes the beauty of an ancient, vibrant culture with the brutality of an oppressive political regime.

Shortlisted for The Stella Prize 2018 

Shortlisted for The University of Queensland Fiction Book Award 2018 

Shortlisted for The International Booker Prize 2020 

Longlisted for The National Book Award for Translated Literature 2020  

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Shokoofeh Azar




8 hrs and 20 mins

Narrated by

Priya Ayyar

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