A Mirror Garden: A Memoir
Written by Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian and Zara Houshmand
The moving and dramatic story of the iconic Iranian artist Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian.
Born in Iran (then still Persia) in 1924, Farmanfarmaian grew up in a large mercantile family whose holdings included vast pistachio orchards outside the ancient city of Qazvin. Her graceful memoir maps an intrepid trajectory: a talent for drawing took her, as a young woman, to New York, where she landed a job as a fashion illustrator for Bonwit Teller, married badly, and entered the art world. A second marriage, to an Iranian aristocrat, brought her back to Iran, where she became an internationally recognized artist. She also set out to discover, collect, and, when necessary, repatriate Persian antiquities and folk art, though almost her entire collection was confiscated when the Shah fell.
Published by Knopf.
English, ISBN: 978-0-307-26613-2 (0-307-26613-3)