The Ministry of Guidance and other stories
Set mostly in Iran, but making forays to London, Germany, and the transit area of a Ukrainian airport, the stories are brilliantly deft in summoning up the dilemmas of their protagonists, be they characters who are kicking against the confines of the society into which they are born, or characters wanting to embrace those confines. Nour is a brave and acute observer of how the human spirit fights free of social repression in all its guises. These are stories that argue for nuance in a world that wants to make things black and white.
Golnoosh Nour’s "The Ministry of Guidance" is a remarkable collection: as insistently witty as it is serious; powerful and moving in the tender and resolute attention it gives to the lives of its protagonists and characters. This is a book that masterfully harnesses the possibilities of its form in order to tell a vital story about Iranians inside and outside of Iran – a stunning contribution to contemporary queer fiction, too.
Dr Honor Gavin