“The Ginger Man” comes to Iranian bookstores

October 23, 2016

TEHRAN – A Persian version of Irish-American novelist J. P. Donleavy’s first novel “The Ginger Man” has recently been published by Hirmand Publications in Tehran.

The 1955 book translated into Persian by Reza Eskandari tells the story of Sebastian Dangerfield, a law student at Trinity College who lives in Dublin with his English wife and infant daughter in the post-war year of 1947. He has an endless appetite for women, liquor and general roguishness.

Upon its publication, the book was banned both in Ireland and the United States of America because of obscenity.

Dangerfield is commonly believed to be a fictional version of the author, Donleavy, and his contemporaries at Trinity.


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